Here's my picks for the best Seahawks non-playoff squads:
3. 2001 (9-7)
I was there in person to see this season begin with a rousing last-second win at Cleveland, and I saw it end with a win in the driving rain at Husky Stadium over KC (the way we missed the playoffs wicked sucked).
In between, I didn't have a dish yet, so I spent my sundays at loud, crappy sports bars eating fried dough and drinking cheap-ass beer. In the end, I used the expense of this weekly tradition to convince my wife we needed a dish. :-]
Doesn't it seem odd that there was a time where Dilfer seemed like Seattle's best option at QB? For a few magical weeks in 2001, dude could do no wrong.
2. 1990 (9-7)
This was the first year Post-Largent, and on some level I was kind of shocked we still bothered to field a squad without him. A 3-5 start pretty much confirmed the notion that there was nothing memorable about those guys.
Then Krieg-to-Skansi happened.... as I said here before:
You know this story.. I hope. The late, great Derrick Thomas sacks Dave Krieg SEVEN times, but somehow the Chiefs only hold a 16-10 late in the game. On the final play, from the KC 25, Krieg avoided Thomas for the first time all day and fired a missile to Paul Skansi between three KC defenders. TOUCHDOWN! SEAHAWKS WIN!!!! I jumped so high that I whacked my 15-year-old noggin on my basement ceiling, but it was worth it. This is the greatest play in Dave Krieg's illustrious Seattle career.
Sparked by that gridiron miracle, the Hawks finished with a 6-2 flourish, including a season-ending win over Detroit where Barry Sanders was held to under 20 yards rushing.
1. 1986 (10-6)
If you're old enough, you remember how the '86 team packed more thrills into five regular season weeks than the entire decade of the 1990s.... The thanksgiving beatdown in Dallas, a MNF shutout over the Raiders, and a 41-16 thrashing of the Super Bowl bound Broncos highlighted what was probably the most enjoyable month in Seahawks history (until 2005, of course).
What do y'all think?