1978 Seattle Seahawks season

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1978 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coach Jack Patera
Home field Kingdome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place T-2nd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
NFC-Throwback2-Uniform-SEA.PNG

The 1978 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's third season in the National Football League. The Seahawks won nine games, giving the franchise its first winning season.

Led by the third ranked offense, the team had some achievements. David Sims led the AFC in total touchdowns (TDs) – 15, including 14 rushing – and the team had 28 rushing TDs, number two in the league. Steve Largent made his first Pro Bowl with 71 receptions and 8 TDs. The defense lagged far behind, ranking 26th.

Season highlights included defeating the Oakland Raiders twice and a last-second win over the Minnesota Vikings. Also a memorable game was a 20–17 loss in overtime to the Denver Broncos. Following an interception of a Jim Zorn pass off of a deflection, in overtime, the Broncos drove to the 1 yard line, but could not punch it in for a TD. Jim Turner missed an 18-yard field goal attempt, but the Seahawks were penalized for having 12 men on the field and the Broncos made the second kick. A 37–10 defeat in San Diego in week 15 eliminated the Seahawks from playoff contention, but a 23–19 win at home against Kansas City gave the team their first winning season.

1978 NFL draft[edit]

1978 Seahawks Draft Selections
Round/Pick Player Position College
1/9 Keith Simpson Defensive Back Memphis State
2/36 Keith Butler Linebacker Memphis State
3/63 Bob Jury Defensive Back Pittsburgh
5/119 Louis Bullard Offensive Tackle Jackson State
6/146 Glenn Starks Wide Receiver Texas A&I
7/173 John Harris Defensive Back Arizona State
9/231 Rich Grimmett Offensive Tackle Illinois
10/258 Rob Stewart Wide Receiver Lafayette
11/301 George Halas Linebacker Miami (FL)
12/316 Jeff Bergeron Running Back Lamar

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1978 Seattle Seahawks staff
Front office
  • Managing General Partner – Herman Sarkowsky
  • General Manager – John Thompson
  • Assistant General Manager – Mark Duncan
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Mansperger
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Chuck Allen

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Head Trainer – Bruce Scott
  • Assistant Trainer – Jim Whitesel

Final roster[edit]

1978 Seattle Seahawks final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
48 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

[1]

  • Starters in bold.
  • (*) Denotes players that were selected for the 1979 Pro Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 4 7:30pm PDT San Diego Chargers W 17-9 1–0 Kingdome 58,853 KIRO [A] Recap
2 August 12 6:00pm PDT at San Francisco 49ers W 20-6 2–0 Candlestick Park 36,069 KIRO Recap
3 August 17 7:30pm PDT Los Angeles Rams L 7-26 2–1 Kingdome 63,235 KIRO [A] Recap
4 August 24 7:30pm PDT Chicago Bears W 16-7 3–1 Kingdome 54,844 KIRO [A] Recap
Source: Seahawks Media Guides [2][3]
  1. ^ a b c Tape delay.

Regular season[edit]

With the start of a 16-game season, inter-conference play began a rotating schedule. Divisional matchups have the AFC West playing the NFC Central.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 3 1:00pm PDT San Diego Chargers L 20–24 0–1 Kingdome 55,778 NBC Recap
2 September 10 10:00am PDT at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–21 0–2 Three Rivers Stadium 48,277 NBC Recap
3 September 17 10:00am PDT at New York Jets W 24–17 1–2 Shea Stadium 46,911 NBC Recap
4 September 24 1:00pm PDT Detroit Lions W 28–16 2–2 Kingdome 60,040 CBS Recap
5 October 1 1:00pm PDT at Denver Broncos L 7–28 2–3 Mile High Stadium 74,989 NBC Recap
6 October 8 1:00pm PDT Minnesota Vikings W 29–28 3–3 Kingdome 62,031 CBS Recap
7 October 15 10:00am PDT at Green Bay Packers L 28–45 3–4 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,712 NBC Recap
8 October 22 1:00pm PDT Oakland Raiders W 27–7 4–4 Kingdome 62,529 NBC Recap
9 October 29 1:00pm PST Denver Broncos L 17–20 OT 4–5 Kingdome 62,948 NBC Recap
10 November 5 10:00am PST at Chicago Bears W 31–29 5–5 Soldier Field 50,697 NBC Recap
11 November 12 1:00pm PST Baltimore Colts L 14–17 5–6 Kingdome 61,905 NBC Recap
12 November 19 11:00am PST at Kansas City Chiefs W 13–10 6–6 Arrowhead Stadium 35,252 NBC Recap
13 November 26 1:00pm PST at Oakland Raiders W 17–16 7–6 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 52,978 NBC Recap
14 December 3 1:00pm PST Cleveland Browns W 47–24 8–6 Kingdome 62,262 NBC Recap
15 December 10 1:00pm PST at San Diego Chargers L 10–37 8–7 San Diego Stadium 49,975 NBC Recap
16 December 17 1:00pm PST Kansas City Chiefs W 23–19 9–7 Kingdome 58,490 NBC Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1978 NFL season results [4]

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Denver Broncos(3) 10 6 0 .625 7–1 8–4 282 198 L1
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 345 358 W1
Oakland Raiders 9 7 0 .563 3–5 5–7 311 283 W1
San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 355 309 W3
Kansas City Chiefs 4 12 0 .250 1–7 4–10 243 327 L2

Game summaries[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week P1: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 3 3 3 9
Seahawks 0 7 3 7 17

at Kingdome, Seattle

Week P2: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 13 7 0 20
49ers 0 3 3 0 6

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

  • Date: August 12
  • Game time: 6:06pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 61 °F (16 °C), 77% humidity, wind S 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 36,069
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV: KIRO
  • Gamebook

Week P3: vs. Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 10 6 7 3 26
Seahawks 0 7 0 0 7

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: August 17
  • Game time: 7:34pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 63,235
  • Referee: Cal Lepore
  • TV: KIRO tape delay
  • Gamebook

Week P4: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 7 7
Seahawks 0 7 3 6 16

at Kingdome, Seattle

Regular Season[edit]

Week 1: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 3 7 7 24
Seahawks 6 7 0 7 20

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 2: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 7 3 0 10
Steelers 0 14 0 7 21

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: September 10
  • Game time: 1:00pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 78 °F (26 °C), 78% humidity, wind S 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 48,277
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers (NBC): Sam Nover and Mike Haffner
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 3: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Three: Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 14 3 7 24
Jets 7 7 3 0 17

at Shea Stadium, New York

Game information

Week 4: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 3 3 10 0 16
Seahawks 0 7 0 21 28

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 5: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 7 0 7
Broncos 7 7 0 14 28

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: October 1
  • Game time: 2:00pm local
  • Game weather: partly cloudy, 82 °F (28 °C), 23% humidity, wind 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 74,989
  • Referee: Cal Lepore
  • TV announcers (NBC): Jay Randolph and Mike Haffner
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 6: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 14 14 0 28
Seahawks 13 6 0 10 29

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 7: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 14 7 7 28
Packers' 28 3 14 0 45

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Date: October 15
  • Game time: 12:00pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 42 °F (6 °C), 87% humidity, wind S 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 52,712
  • Referee: Chuck Heberling
  • TV announcers (NBC): Sam Nover and Bob Trumpy
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 8: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 0 7 7
Seahawks 7 14 6 0 27

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 9: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Broncos 3 7 7 0 3 20
Seahawks 7 7 0 3 0 17

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 10: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 7 14 3 31
Bears 0 6 10 13 29

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: November 5
  • Game time: 12:01pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 71 °F (22 °C), 74% humidity, wind S 16 miles per hour (26 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 50,697
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (NBC): Curt Gowdy and John Brodie
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 11: vs. Baltimore Colts[edit]

Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 3 0 7 17
Seahawks 7 0 0 7 14

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 7 3 0 13
Chiefs 0 3 0 7 10

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 13: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 0 0 10 17
Raiders 0 10 0 6 16

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: November 26
  • Game time: 1:00pm local
  • Game weather: hazy, 50 °F (10 °C), 86% humidity, wind W 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 52,978
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • TV announcers (NBC): Curt Gowdy and John Brodie
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 14: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 10 7 7 24
Seahawks 14 9 7 17 47

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 15: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 3 0 0 10
Chargers 3 17 0 17 37

at San Diego Stadium, San Diego

  • Date: December 10
  • Game time: 1:00pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 69 °F (21 °C), 50% humidity, wind W 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 49,975
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (NBC): Jim Simpson and Paul Warfield
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 16: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 7 7 2 19
Seahawks 7 13 0 3 23

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com
  2. ^ 1978 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ 1979 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ 1978 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.

External links[edit]