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On this date: Dennis Erickson comes “home” to coach Seahawks

Posted Jan 12, 2014

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 12

1995: Dennis Erickson, who grew up in Everett, is named head coach of the Seahawks. It is his first NFL job, and Erickson comes to his hometown team after compiling a 63-9 record in six seasons at the University of Miami. Erickson also brings six members of the Hurricanes staff with him: Gregg Smith, assistant head coach/tight ends; Greg McMackin, defensive coordinator; Dave Arnold, special teams; Dana LeDuc, strength and condition coach; Rich Olson, quarterbacks; and Willy Robinson, defensive backs.

2000: Steve Sidwell is named defensive coordinator on Mike Holmgren’s staff – replacing Jim Lind, who stepped in for the 1999 season after longtime Holmgren assistant Fritz Shurmur died of cancer.

2008: The Seahawks jump to a 14-0 lead in their divisional playoff game against the Packers at Lambeau Field, as Ryan Grant fumbles twice in Green Bay’s first three plays to set up a touchdown run by Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck’s TD pass to Bobby Engram. But then the Packers, and the snow, bury the Seahawks in a 42-20 loss during what is Brett Favre’s final victory with Green Bay. Grant bounces back to run for 201 yards and three TDs, while Favre completes 18 of 23 passes and throws for three TDs.

2009: Gus Bradley is named defensive coordinator on Jim Mora’s staff. Bradley’s unit ranked among the Top 10 in the league in 2011 and 2012, after the Seahawks accomplished that five times in their first 35 seasons. Bradley left after the 2012 season to become head coach of the Jaguars and was replaced by Dan Quinn.