Coach ordered up a field goal and Seattle's rookie delivered

Updated: October 7, 2003, 9:11 PM ET

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Four games into his NFL career, rookie kicker Josh Brown holds a Seattle Seahawks franchise record after connecting on a 58-yard field goal last weekend.

"Things clicked," Brown said. "We got a good snap, a good hold. I did it. It was awesome. Perfect."

It came during a 35-13 loss Sunday at Green Bay, a record that almost didn't happen.

The Seahawks were working the 2-minute offense as the first half was winding down. Coach Mike Holmgren, hoping for a possible touchdown or a shorter field goal attempt, became upset when Matt Hasselbeck was sacked near the 40.

"I was so ticked off that we took the sack right there," Holmgren recalled. "I mean, I was off the charts, so I probably wasn't thinking straight. I just grabbed him and I said, 'Go out and kick it.' I had no idea how long that kick was."

Special teams coordinator Pete Rodriguez glanced at Holmgren, wondering if the coach had lost his mind. Even Brown was puzzled. He paused while jogging onto the field and looked back at Holmgren.

Instructed to go ahead, Brown lined it up. He figured it was the last play of the half, and he'd just swing away.

"I knew I hit it well enough that the wind was going to let it carry," Brown said. "Then the offensive line stood up and I couldn't see anything, but (holder) Tom Rouen was going, 'Man, I think you're going to make this."

Brown ran to one side for a better view. When he saw the officials' arms go up to signal a successful kick, he celebrated.

"I loved it," Brown said. "I just remember opening my arms and running to the locker room. It was pretty exciting."

The previous team record was a 55-yarder by John Kasay at Kansas City on Jan. 2, 1994. Six other Seattle kickers had hit from 54 yards, most recently by Rian Lindell at San Diego on Dec. 30, 2001.

Brown got his opportunity in Seattle after Lindell joined the Buffalo Bills after last season as a free agent. Brown was drafted in the seventh round out of Nebraska, an opportunity he'd always dreamed of.

"It's great to come in here and do well, really establish myself," Brown said. "I have a three-year deal, and I really want to make them feel this is the best investment they've made, as far as kickers go.

"For me to do that, I've got to stay focused, to take these moments and keep going," he said.

There's still plenty to work on, after all, like improving the distance on his kickoffs.

"He really did a nice job," Holmgren said. "He kicked that one a lot longer than his kickoffs, which was good."

Brown made a 61-yard field goal to win a game in high school back in Oklahoma, so he felt confident he could make one from 58. "It's a little different off a 2-inch block in high school," he said.

Brown also felt his record kick could have sailed through the goalposts from another 2 or 3 yards back. The NFL record of 63 yards was set by Tom Dempsey of New Orleans on Nov. 8, 1970, and matched by Denver's Jason Elam on Oct. 25, 1998.

"The way I see it, the 58-yarder was a great moment for me in my career, a good start," Brown said. "But it's probably going to be a 30-yarder that makes or breaks my career.

"It's probably going to be a game-winner or come at a pivotal moment when they really need the kick. That's when I really want to come through," he said.

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