1983 Seattle Seahawks season

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1983 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coach Chuck Knox
General manager Mike McCormack
Owner Nordstrom family
Home field Kingdome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place T-2nd AFC West
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Broncos) 31–7
Won Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 27–20
Lost Conference Championship (Raiders) 14–30
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< 1982 1984 >

The 1983 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's eighth season with the National Football League.

The 1983 season was the first season head coach Chuck Knox coached the team. It was also the first season in which the Seahawks made the AFC playoffs, where they won the first two postseason games in franchise history, before losing in the AFC Championship Game.

Offseason[edit]

The Seattle Seahawks hired Chuck Knox, a coach capable of bringing teams with comebacks. They also changed their uniforms, incorporating the Seahawks logo onto the jersey's sleeves. The helmet facemasks became blue, and the socks were all blue. In the upcoming decades these uniforms would go through little changes.

NFL Draft[edit]

1983 Seahawks Draft Selections
Round/Pick Player Position College
1/3 Curt Warner Running Back Penn State
5/123 Chris Castor Wide Receiver Duke
6/150 Reginald Gipson Running Back Alabama A&M
7/177 Sam Merriman Linebacker Idaho
8/210 Matt Hernandez Offensive Tackle Purdue
9/236 Bob Clasby Defensive End Notre Dame
10/263 Pete Speros Offensive Guard Penn State University
11/290 Bob Mayberry Offensive Guard Clemson
12/317 Don Dow Offensive Tackle Washington

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1983 Seattle Seahawks staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Tom Catlin
  • Defensive Line – George Dyer
  • Defensive Backs – Ralph Hawkins
  • Special Assignments – Joe Vitt

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Rusty Tillman


Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 at Kansas City Chiefs L 13–17 Arrowhead Stadium 0–1 42,531
2 September 11, 1983 at New York Jets W 17–10 Shea Stadium 1–1 50,066
3 September 18, 1983 San Diego Chargers W 34–31 Kingdome 2–1 61,714
4 September 25, 1983 Washington Redskins L 17–27 Kingdome 2–2 60,718
5 October 2, 1983 at Cleveland Browns W 24–9 Cleveland Stadium 3–2 75,446
6 October 9, 1983 at San Diego Chargers L 21–28 Jack Murphy Stadium 3–3 49,132
7 October 16, 1983 Los Angeles Raiders W 38–36 Kingdome 4–3 60,967
8 October 23, 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–27 Kingdome 4–4 61,615
9 October 30, 1983 at Los Angeles Raiders W 34–21 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 5–4 49,708
10 November 6, 1983 Denver Broncos W 27–19 Kingdome 6–4 61,189
11 November 13, 1983 at St. Louis Cardinals L 28–33 Busch Memorial Stadium 6–5 33,280
12 November 20, 1983 at Denver Broncos L 27–38 Mile High Stadium 6–6 74,710
13 November 27, 1983 Kansas City Chiefs W 51–48 OT Kingdome 7–6 56,793
14 December 4, 1983 Dallas Cowboys L 10–35 Kingdome 7–7 63,352
15 December 11, 1983 at New York Giants W 17–12 Giants Stadium 8–7 48,945
16 December 18, 1983 New England Patriots W 24–6 Kingdome 9–7 59,688

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 0 3 7 13
Chiefs 7 0 7 3 17

[1]


Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 10 0 7 17
Jets 0 3 0 7 10

[2]


Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 3 0 21 31
Seahawks 14 3 10 7 34

[3]


Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Los Angeles Raiders(1) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 10–2 442 338
Seattle Seahawks(4) 9 7 0 .563 5–3 8–4 403 397
Denver Broncos(5) 9 7 0 .563 3–5 9–5 302 327
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 4–4 4–8 358 462
Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–8 386 367

[4]

Playoffs[edit]

The Seahawks entered the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, after two close attempts in 1978 and 1979.

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
Wildcard December 24, 1983 Denver Broncos W 31–7 Kingdome 60,752
Divisional December 31, 1983 Miami Dolphins W 27–20 Miami Orange Bowl 71,032
AFC Championship January 8, 1984 Los Angeles Raiders L 14–30 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 88,734

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