1980 Seattle Seahawks season

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1980 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coach Jack Patera
Home field Kingdome
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 5th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
NFC-Throwback2-Uniform-SEA.PNG

The 1980 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's fifth season in the National Football League.

The 1980 season was a strange season for the Seattle Seahawks. The team started off 4–3, then lost the remaining nine games of the season. They accumulated four road wins, but lost all eight regular season home games. The offense struggled, especially after losing Sherman Smith to a knee injury for the season. With the running game struggling, the team gave up 52 sacks, up from 23 in 1979. The offense went from 7th to 21st. Even though the defense improved from 27th to 13th, the Seahawks still gave up 405 points.

Memorable moments included a 26–7 win in Houston, intercepting Kenny Stabler five times; a 17–16 win in Kansas City; and a 14–0 win in Washington, with the offense rushing for over 220 yards.

More indicative of the season were the home losses: a week 1 34–13 rout at home inflicted by the Chargers, a 37–31 loss to the New England Patriots, featuring several lead changes, as the Seattle defense could not hold on; losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 31–30, after going into the 4th quarter with a 23–10 lead, and the Chiefs intercepting Jim Zorn a season-high five times, leading to 17 KC points. The low point of the season was a 27–21 loss to a struggling New York Giants team. On Thanksgiving Day, November 27, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Seahawks 51–7, in Dallas, but many people believe the Giants loss was worse.

The successes of the 1978 and '79 seasons were long forgotten by season's end.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1980 Seahawks Draft Selections
Round/Pick Player Position College
1/10 Jacob Green Defensive End Texas A&M
2/44 Andre Hines Offensive Tackle Stanford
4/97 Terry Dion Defensive End Oregon
5/127 Joe Steele Running Back Washington
5/132 Daniel Jacobs Defensive End Winston-Salem State
6/153 Mark McNeal Defensive End Idaho
8/204 Vic Minor Defensive Back Northeast Louisiana
8/207 Jack Cosgrove Center U. of Pacific
9/238 Jim Swift Offensive Tackle Iowa
10/265 Ron Essink Offensive Tackle Grand Valley State
10/274 Billy Reaves Wide Receiver Morris Brown
11/292 Tali Ena Running Back Washington State
12/319 Presnell Gilbert Defensive Back U.S. International

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1980 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]

1980 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
49 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

[1]

  • Starters in bold.

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 7 7:30pm PDT Atlanta Falcons W 14-10 1–0 Kingdome 59,555 KIRO Recap
2 August 18 7:30pm PDT Miami Dolphins L 7-24 1–1 Kingdome 59,550 KIRO Recap
3 August 23 7:00pm PDT at San Francisco 49ers W 10-7 2–1 Candlestick Park 41,841 KIRO Recap
4 August 29 5:30pm PDT at New England Patriots W 30-23 3–1 Kingdome 56,947 NBC Recap
Source: Seahawks Media Guides [2][3]

Regular season[edit]

Divisional matchups have the AFC West playing the NFC East.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 7 1:00pm PDT San Diego Chargers L 13–34 0–1 Kingdome 62,042 NBC Recap
2 September 14 1:00pm PDT at Kansas City Chiefs W 17–16 1–1 Arrowhead Stadium 42,403 NBC Recap
3 September 21 1:00pm PDT New England Patriots L 31–37 1–2 Kingdome 61,035 NBC Recap
4 September 28 1:00pm PDT at Washington Redskins W 14–0 2–2 RFK Stadium 53,263 NBC Recap
5 October 5 1:00pm PDT at Houston Oilers W 26–7 3–2 Houston Astrodome 46,860 NBC Recap
6 October 12 1:00pm PDT Cleveland Browns L 3–27 3–3 Kingdome 61,366 NBC Recap
7 October 19 1:00pm PDT at New York Jets W 27–17 4–3 Shea Stadium 52,496 NBC Recap
8 October 26 1:00pm PST at Oakland Raiders L 14–33 4–4 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 50,185 NBC Recap
9 November 2 1:00pm PST Philadelphia Eagles L 20–27 4–5 Kingdome 61,047 CBS Recap
10 November 9 1:00pm PST Kansas City Chiefs L 30–31 4–6 Kingdome 58,976 NBC Recap
11 November 17 6:00pm PST Oakland Raiders L 17–19 4–7 Kingdome 60,480 ABC Recap
12 November 23 1:00pm PST at Denver Broncos L 20–36 4–8 Mile High Stadium 73,274 NBC Recap
13 November 27 1:00pm PST at Dallas Cowboys L 7–51 4–9 Texas Stadium 57,540 NBC Recap
14 December 7 1:00pm PST New York Giants L 21–27 4–10 Kingdome 51,617 CBS Recap
15 December 13 1:00pm PST at San Diego Chargers L 14–21 4–11 Jack Murphy Stadium 49,980 NBC Recap
16 December 21 1:00pm PST Denver Broncos L 17–25 4–12 Kingdome 51,853 NBC Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1980 NFL season results [4]

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers(1) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 418 327 W2
Oakland Raiders(4) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 364 306 W2
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–8 319 336 W1
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 3–5 5–7 310 323 W1
Seattle Seahawks 4 12 0 .250 1–7 3–9 291 408 L9

Game Summaries[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week P1: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 7 0 3 10
Seahawks 7 7 0 0 14

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: August 7
  • Game time: 7:36pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 59,555
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV: KIRO
  • Gamebook

Week P2: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 0 0 17 24
Seahawks 7 0 0 0 7

at Kingdome, Seattle

Week P3: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 0 0 0
49ers 0 0 0 0 0

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

  • Date: August 23
  • Game time: 7:04pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 58 °F (14 °C), wind 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 41,841
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV: KIRO
  • Gamebook

Week P4: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 10 6 7 0 23
Seahawks 7 17 3 3 30

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 3 21 7 3 34
Seahawks 3 0 3 7 13

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 10 0 0 17
Chiefs 0 7 6 3 16

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 3: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Three: Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 3 17 7 10 37
Seahawks 3 14 0 14 31

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 4: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 7 0 7 14
Redskins 0 0 0 0 0

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Game information

Week 5: at Houston Oilers[edit]

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Houston Oilers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 20 3 0 26
Oilers 0 0 0 7 7

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Game information

Week 6: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks vs. Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 6 7 7 27
Seahawks 0 3 0 0 3

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 7: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 0 7 17 27
Jets 0 7 7 3 17

at Shea Stadium, New York

Game information

Week 8: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 0 14 14
Raiders 3 3 10 17 33

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: October 26
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 63 °F (17 °C), 73% humidity, wind SW 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 50,185
  • Referee: Cal Lepore
  • TV announcers (NBC): Sam Nover and Bob Trumpy
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 9: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Nine: Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 7 10 10 27
Seahawks 6 0 7 7 20

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 10: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 0 7 21 31
Seahawks 0 17 6 7 30

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 11: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 7 12 19
Seahawks 0 7 7 3 17

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 12: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 10 0 10 20
Broncos 7 10 3 16 36

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 23
  • Game time: 2:00pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 34 °F (1 °C), 69% humidity, wind E 9 miles per hour (14 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 73,274
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 0 7 7
Cowboys 9 21 0 21 51

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 3:00pm local
  • Game weather: partly cloudy, 49 °F (9 °C), 52% humidity, wind WNW 17 miles per hour (27 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 57,540
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 14: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 10 0 14 27
Seahawks 0 7 7 7 21

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 0 0 7 7 14
Chargers 0 21 0 0 21

at San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 13
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 72 °F (22 °C), 48% humidity, wind SW 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 49,980
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 10 9 6 0 25
Seahawks 0 0 3 14 17

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: December 21
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 51,853
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers (NBC): Jay Randolph and Gene Washington
  • Gamebook
Game information

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com
  2. ^ 1980 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ 1981 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ 1980 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.

External links[edit]