The new season is approaching fast, and it’s possible that old records could be broken. Some of the records that the franchise has in place have been there for a long time. Here in 2012, the year of the 12th man, it is very possible that we will see some of these records broken. It is very possible that none of the records mentioned here will be broken, but some of them very well could. All of the records that are being shared here are from Wikipedia, and may not be totally correct as well.
1. Most Tackles in a Season (Terry Beeson-1978) (153). This is one of the records that has been around almost since the Seahawks have been a franchise. Beeson played MLB for the Seahawks and crushed the opposing players. Beeson was 6’3″ 240#, and played for the Seahawks from 1977-1981. MLB has always been a crucial player for the Seahawks, and this year is no different. Bobby Wagner, or even perhaps Barrett Ruud have the chance at taking this title away from Beeson.
2. Most Sacks in a Season (Michael Sinclair-1998) (16.5). Although this one is fairly recently, its hard to imagine why this one is still a Seahawks record. Back in 1998 when this was the record for the Seahawks, it was also an NFL high. Seattle spent their first round pick on a speed pass rusher named Bruce Irvin. Irvin put up 20+ sacks in his two final years in college. The Seahawks have high hopes that he will emerge into the Leo position and create havoc on opposing lines with his speed.
3. Most Rushing Yards Gained in a Season (Shaun Alexander-2005) (1,880). This record is recent, as no other backs in Seattle have even come close since Alexander did this is 2005. Better still, until 2011, there hadn’t been a Seahawks rusher that had eclipsed 1,000 yards in a season since 2007. Although still in great dispute, whether it was Alexander that was great, or the Offensive Line that was great, the record still stands. Marshawn Lynch last year(according to NFL.com) played in 15 games and racked up 1,204 yards. While the numbers don’t seem to be that close, Lynch ran behind a line that was inconsistent, inexperienced. With more experience this year on the front line, Lynch will have plenty of space allowing him to unleash the beast and break the record.
4. Most Receiving Touchdowns in a Season (Daryl Turner-1984) (13). It is extremely hard to believe that the Seahawks haven’t had a WR really worth mentioning since 1984. In 2011, Tarvaris Jackson threw for 14 total touchdowns. In 2007 when Hasselbeck was leading the charge, he threw for 28 touchdowns, the high that year belonged to Nate Burleson at 9(Pro-Fooball-Reference.com). With the QB battle in Seattle heating up, there is a probability that the WR group will benefit from this. There has been good WR’s since 1984, but none of them have managed to steal this title away from Turner, this just might be the year.
5. Most Receiving Yards Gained in a Season (Steve Largent-1985) (1,287). Wow. The Seahawks haven’t had a WR that has broken that record since 1985? Steve Largent was no slouch by any means, but this is just proof that the Seahawks haven’t had a legitimate threat since Largent. As mentioned previously, with the QB position getting an upgrade, the WR position will see a huge difference. Seattle has a deep class at WR this year topped off by Sidney Rice, who is coming off shoulder surgery. This just might be the year that Seattle becomes a force to reckon with again on the offensive side of the ball, and we see a WR out gain Steve Largent.6. Most Passing Yards in a Season (Matt Hasselbeck-2007) (3,966). This one is kind of a toss-up. While the record itself isn’t all that old, it doesn’t seem like it is out of the question that it gets replaced by a QB this year. Tarvaris Jackson, in 2011, with a torn pec, threw for 3,091 yards. Behind a terrible line in the first half of the season, and getting sacked an enormous amount of times(42), Jackson still managed to throw nearly as much as the record. Starting a QB out, and him playing all 16 games, the QB(whomever it may be) only has to amass 250 yards per game to finish the season breaking this record. While Pete Carroll has repeatedly stressed that the running game is priority, passing for 250 a game shouldn’t be out of the ordinary, it certainly can be done.
7. Most Interceptions in a Season(Tied) (John Harris(44)-1981, Kenny Easley(45)-1984) (10). The Seahawks haven’t had nearly the strong defense that they will have this year. The corner backs are tall, and aggressive, and make receivers work for the ball. The Safety tandem in Seattle is one of the best in the league, and has been dubbed Thunder and Lightning. More on them here. There is definitely a chance for either Brandon Browner or Richard Sherman to break the mold this year and become the most feared CB in the league.
There are more than likely a few more records that could very well be broken, and its a possibility that none are broken this year at all. The tides have turned in Seattle, as the Seahawks have become more aggressive. Pete Carroll has brought new life into Seattle, and the players have stepped up. Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, and Bruce Irvin are all players that are going to go above and beyond this year to make sure that 2012 is the year of the Seahawks, and the year of the 12th man.