1979 Seattle Seahawks season

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1979 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coach Jack Patera
Home field Kingdome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place T-3rd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
NFC-Throwback2-Uniform-SEA.PNG

The 1979 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's fourth season in the National Football League. The Seahawks had a winning record for the second consecutive year, matching their 9–7 record from 1978.

Starting off the season with a 1–4 record, the Seahawks rallied to finish 9–7. Season highlights included a sweep of the Oakland Raiders for the second straight year, and winning both of their Monday Night Football contests in Atlanta and at home against the New York Jets, where Jim Zorn completed 13 passes in a row in 30 – 7 victory. The team also enjoyed their first victory over the Denver Broncos 28–23 on a 43-yard TD pass from Zorn to Largent in the final minutes.

Season lowlights included a 37–34 loss in Denver, after leading 34–10 midway through the 3rd quarter. The Los Angeles Rams shut out the Seattle Seahawks 24–0, holding the Seahawks to -7 yards total offense. The team lost twice to the Kansas City Chiefs, including a 37–21 defeat in week 14 that eliminated Seattle from playoff contention. The team also lost running back David Sims, who led the AFC in TDs in 1978, to a career-ending injury.

1979 was the team's last winning season for a while, as some tough times lay ahead.

1979 NFL draft[edit]

1979 Seahawks Draft Selections
Round/Pick Player Position College
1/18 Manu Tuiasosopo Defensive End UCLA
2/45 Joe Norman Linebacker Indiana
3/57 Michael Jackson Linebacker Washington
4/102 Mark Bell Defensive End Colorado State
7/169 Larry Polowski Linebacker Boise State
9/240 Ezra Tate Running Back Mississippi State
10/267 Robert Hardy Defensive Tackle Jackson State
11/293 Jim Hinesly Offensive Guard Michigan State
12/319 Jeff Moore Running Back Jackson State

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1979 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

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

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

Final roster[edit]

1979 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
51 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

[1]

  • Starters in bold.
  • (*) Denotes players that were selected for the 1980 Pro Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 2 7:30pm PDT Minnesota Vikings W 12-9 1–0 Kingdome 60,881 KIRO Recap
2 August 12 6:00pm PDT Dallas Cowboys W 27-17 2–0 Kingdome 59,960 NBC Recap
3 August 18 7:00pm PDT at Los Angeles Rams L 17-21 2–1 Memorial Coliseum 46,083 KIRO Recap
4 August 24 7:30pm PDT San Francisco 49ers W 55-20 3–1 Kingdome 59,941 KIRO Recap
Source: Seahawks Media Guides [2][3]

Regular season[edit]

Divisional matchups have the AFC West playing the NFC West.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 2 1:00pm PDT San Diego Chargers L 16–33 0–1 Kingdome 62,887 NBC Recap
2 September 9 1:00pm PDT at Miami Dolphins L 10–19 0–2 Orange Bowl 56,233 NBC Recap
3 September 16 1:00pm PDT Oakland Raiders W 27–10 1–2 Kingdome 61,602 NBC Recap
4 September 23 1:00pm PDT at Denver Broncos L 34–37 1–3 Mile High Stadium 74,879 NBC Recap
5 September 30 1:00pm PDT Kansas City Chiefs L 6–24 1–4 Kingdome 61,169 NBC Recap
6 October 7 2:00pm PDT at San Francisco 49ers W 35–24 2–4 Candlestick Park 44,592 NBC Recap
7 October 14 1:00pm PDT at San Diego Chargers L 10–20 2–5 San Diego Stadium 50,077 NBC Recap
8 October 21 1:00pm PDT Houston Oilers W 34–14 3–5 Kingdome 60,705 NBC Recap
9 October 29 6:00pm PST at Atlanta Falcons W 31–28 4–5 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 52,566 ABC Recap
10 November 4 1:00pm PST Los Angeles Rams L 0–24 4–6 Kingdome 62,048 CBS Recap
11 November 11 10:00am PST at Cleveland Browns W 29–24 5–6 Cleveland Stadium 72,440 NBC Recap
12 November 18 1:00pm PST New Orleans Saints W 38–24 6–6 Kingdome 60,055 CBS Recap
13 November 26 6:00pm PST New York Jets W 30–7 7–6 Kingdome 59,977 ABC Recap
14 December 2 11:00am PST at Kansas City Chiefs L 21–37 7–7 Arrowhead Stadium 42,160 NBC Recap
15 December 8 1:00pm PST Denver Broncos W 28–23 8–7 Kingdome 60,038 NBC Recap
16 December 16 1:00pm PST at Oakland Raiders W 29–24 9–7 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 53,177 NBC Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1979 NFL season results [4]

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers(1) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 9–3 411 246 W2
Denver Broncos(5) 10 6 0 .625 4–4 7–5 289 262 L2
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 3–5 6–6 378 372 W2
Oakland Raiders 9 7 0 .563 3–5 5–7 365 337 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 4–4 7–7 238 262 L1

Game summaries[edit]

For the second straight year, the Seahawks missed the playoffs by one game. Season highlights included sweeping the Oakland Raiders for the 2nd straight year, and defeating the Denver Broncos for the 1st time in team history in a comeback thriller 28–23 at the Kingdome, and winning the team's first appearance on MNF over the Atlanta Falcons, 31–28. The team started out 3–5, and had a 6–2 finish. A 37–21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in week 14 knocked them out of playoff contention, but rebounded to end their season repeating 1978 at 9–7.

Preseason[edit]

Week P1: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Vikings 0 6 0 3 0 9
Seahawks 9 0 0 0 3 12

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: August 2
  • Game time: 7:30pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 60,881
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV: KIRO tape delay
  • Gamebook

Week P2: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 0 3 7 17
Seahawks 7 7 3 10 27

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: August 12
  • Game time: 6:09pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 59,960
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV: KIRO tape delay
  • Gamebook

Week P3: at Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 0 0 0
Rams 0 0 0 0 0

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

  • Date: August 18
  • Game time: 7:05pm local
  • Game weather: overcast, 72 °F (22 °C), wind W light
  • Game attendance: 46,083
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen
  • TV: KIRO
  • Gamebook

Week P4: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 0 20 20
Seahawks 17 17 21 0 55

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: August 24
  • Game time: 7:34pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 59,941
  • Referee: Cal Lepore
  • TV: KIRO tape delay
  • Gamebook

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 0 13 10 10 33
Seahawks 3 7 0 6 16

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 2: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 3 7 0 10
Dolphins 0 9 3 7 19

at Orange Bowl, Miami

  • Date: September 9
  • Game time: 4:01pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 82 °F (28 °C), 81% humidity, wind SE 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 56,233
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers (NBC): Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 3: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Three: Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 7 3 10
Seahawks 7 3 10 7 27

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 4: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 10 10 14 0 34
Broncos 0 10 21 6 37

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: September 23
  • Game time: 2:00pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 81 °F (27 °C), 16% humidity, wind SW 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 74,879
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers (NBC): Marv Albert and Mike Haffner
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 5: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 10 0 14 24
Seahawks 3 0 3 0 6

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 6: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 14 7 7 7 35
49ers 7 3 0 14 24

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 1:02pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 61 °F (16 °C), 77% humidity, wind variable
  • Game attendance: 44,592
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (NBC): Marv Albert and Mike Haffner
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 7: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 3 0 7 10
Chargers 7 0 7 6 20

at San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 8: vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Oilers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 7 0 7 14
Seahawks 7 7 6 14 34

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: October 21
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 60,705
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers (NBC): Merle Harmon and George Kunz
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 9: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Nine: Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 21 3 7 31
Falcons 7 7 0 14 28

at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

Game information

Week 10: vs. Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 14 7 3 0 24
Seahawks 0 0 0 0 0

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 11: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 9 0 13 29
Browns 0 3 14 7 24

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 1:00pm local
  • Game weather: overcast, 35 °F (2 °C), 64% humidity, wind NW 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 72,440
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers (NBC): Merle Harmon and George Kunz
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 12: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 7 3 7 24
Seahawks 7 17 0 14 38

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 60,055
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen
  • TV announcers (CBS): Vin Scully and George Allen
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 0 7 0 7
Seahawks 3 13 14 0 30

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 14: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 7 14 21
Chiefs 14 10 6 7 37

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:05pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 32 °F (0 °C), 40% humidity, wind S 10 miles per hour (16 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 42,160
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV announcers (NBC): Jay Randolph and Paul Maguire
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 15: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 20 3 0 23
Seahawks 7 7 7 7 28

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 16: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 10 7 9 3 29
Raiders 7 10 0 7 24

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 56 °F (13 °C), 61% humidity, wind SW 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 53,177
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • TV announcers (NBC): Merle Harmon and George Kunz
  • Gamebook
Game information

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com
  2. ^ 1979 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ 1980 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ 1979 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.

External links[edit]