To help pass the off-season, NFL.com is running a series listing the five most underrated and overrated players/coaches in the history of each team — here’s the list for the Dallas Cowboys as an example.
The list for Seattle is scheduled to publish Wednesday. I figured I’d take a shot at guessing who might make it — and to be clear, only players (or coaches) who played for a while and accomplished a lot and hence were ever really “rated” in any real sense are worth including. So these are all big name guys. As always, feel free to argue with me in the comment section below.
Chuck Knox — Seattle’s coach from 1983-91. Knox (pictured above) helped rebuild the Seahawks into a perennial contender. That Seattle advanced to the AFC title game only once during his time, however, may lead some who weren’t around at the time to wonder why he was as revered as he was during that era. The passage of time, though, shouldn’t diminish what Knox accomplished in going 80-63 and achieving just about every “first” in team history short of a Super Bowl.
Chris Warren — A running back from 1990-97, Warren remains second in team history in rushing yards with 6,706 behind Shaun Alexander’s 9,429. Warren, though, wasn’t the most engaging of personalities and played for the team in an era when the team was mostly losing, and his accomplishments are pretty easy to forget now.
Joe Nash — A defensive tackle from 1982-96, no one has played more games in Seahawks history than Nash (218). He’s also third on the team’s all-time tackles list with 779 and sixth in sacks with 47.5. But he’s another that fans today may find it easy to forget.
Steve Hutchinson — A guard from 2001-05, everyone knew at the time that Hutchinson was a key to the Seattle running attack that led the team to the Super Bowl in 2005. But I’m not sure everyone realized just how valuable Hutchinson was to things until he was signed away that off-season by Minnesota. Seattle’s offense was never the same during the Mike Holmgren era.
Darrell Jackson — A receiver from 2000-06, Jackson remains second in team history in receiving touchdowns with 47 and third in receiving yards. And even if there was always a nagging feeling that maybe he could have accomplished more, he’s another whose achievements seem to have been forgotten pretty quickly.
Shaun Alexander — I’ve never completely understood the harsh feelings many fans seem to have for Alexander. But I imagine he’d be at the top of many lists of most overrated Seahawks among those who think he took advantage of a dominating offensive line and seemed to care a little more about personal accomplishments than those of the team.
Dave Krieg —Krieg is deservedly in the team’s Ring of Honor. But there will always be those who will wonder if the ’80s Seahawks might have done more with a different quarterback.
Joey Galloway —A first-round pick in 1995, Galloway caught 283 passes in five years with the Seahawks. But to many it seemed like he could have done a little more.
Jim Zorn —Another who is deservedly in the team’s Ring of Honor. But those who weren’t there then might point to Zorn’s 40-60 career record and a QB rating of 67.6 that is 10th in team history and wonder just a bit.
Marcus Trufant —Trufant was a key part of the Seattle defense for more than a decade. But to a lot of fans he was also an easy target for criticism at the end of his career.