1981 Seattle Seahawks season

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1981 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coachJack Patera
Home fieldKingdome
Results
Record6–10
Division place5th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR Steve Largent
AP All-Prosnone

The 1981 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's sixth season with the National Football League. The Seahawks get off to a terrible start losing six of their first seven games, on the way to a 6-10 season. Steve Largent would have a stellar season with 1,224 receiving yards. Seattle opened their season at Cincinnati, and held a 21-0 lead before the Bengals rallied for an improbable 27-21 win. This loss proved to be the beginning of the end for the Seahawks in 1981, as they would struggle as the season progressed.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1981 Seahawks Draft Selections
Round/Pick Player Position College
1/4 Kenny Easley Defensive Back UCLA
2/31 David Hughes Running Back Boise State
3/58 Bill Dugan Offensive Guard Penn State
4/87 Scott Phillips Wide Receiver Brigham Young
5/114 Edwin Bailey Offensive Guard South Carolina State
6/140 Steve Durham Defensive End Clemson
7/170 Ron Johnson Wide Receiver Long Beach State
7/186 Brad Scovill Tight End Penn State
8/196 Eric Lane Running Back Brigham Young
9/223 Jim Stone Running Back Notre Dame
9/236 Jimbo Whatley Wide Receiver Washington State
10/252 Ken Dawson Running Back Savannah State
11/279 Lance Olander Running Back Colorado
12/306 Jeff Bednarek Defensive Tackle U. of Pacific

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1981 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]

1981 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
55 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

[1]

  • Starters in bold.
  • (*) Denotes players that were selected for the 1982 Pro Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 5 7:30pm PDT San Francisco 49ers L 24-27 OT 0–1 Kingdome 56,958 KIRO Recap
2 August 14 7:30pm PDT St. Louis Cardinals L 21-30 0–2 Kingdome 55,520 KIRO Recap
3 August 22 6:00pm PDT at San Francisco 49ers L 17-24 0–3 Candlestick Park 37,563 KIRO Recap
4 August 28 7:30pm PDT Baltimore Colts W 31-17 1–3 Kingdome 55,794 KIRO Recap
Source: Seahawks Media Guides [2][3]

Regular season[edit]

By finishing in fifth place in 1980, Seattle plays the two NFC fifth-place finishers, the Giants and Packers, and two games against the other AFC fifth-place finisher, the Jets.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 6 12:00pm PDT at Cincinnati Bengals L 21–27 0–1 Riverfront Stadium 41,177 NBC Recap
2 September 13 1:00pm PDT Denver Broncos W 13–10 1–1 Kingdome 58,513 NBC Recap
3 September 20 1:00pm PDT at Oakland Raiders L 10–20 1–2 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 45,725 NBC Recap
4 September 27 1:00pm PDT Kansas City Chiefs L 14–20 1–3 Kingdome 59,255 NBC Recap
5 October 4 1:00pm PDT at San Diego Chargers L 10–24 1–4 Jack Murphy Stadium 51,463 NBC Recap
6 October 11 11:00am PDT at Houston Oilers L 17–35 1–5 Houston Astrodome 42,671 NBC Recap
7 October 18 1:00pm PDT New York Giants L 0–32 1–6 Kingdome 56,134 CBS Recap
8 October 25 1:00pm PST at New York Jets W 19–3 2–6 Shea Stadium 49,678 NBC Recap
9 November 1 11:00am PST at Green Bay Packers L 24–34 2–7 Lambeau Field 49,467 NBC Recap
10 November 8 1:00pm PST Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–21 3–7 Kingdome 59,058 NBC Recap
11 November 16 6:00pm PST San Diego Chargers W 44–23 4–7 Kingdome 58,628 ABC Recap
12 November 22 11:00am PST at Kansas City Chiefs L 13–40 4–8 Arrowhead Stadium 49,002 NBC Recap
13 November 29 1:00pm PST Oakland Raiders L 31–32 4–9 Kingdome 57,147 NBC Recap
14 December 6 1:00pm PST New York Jets W 27–23 5–9 Kingdome 53,105 NBC Recap
15 December 13 1:00pm PST at Denver Broncos L 13–23 5–10 Mile High Stadium 74,527 NBC Recap
16 December 20 1:00pm PST Cleveland Browns W 42–21 6–10 Kingdome 51,435 NBC Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1981 NFL season results [4]

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers(3) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 8–4 478 390 W2
Denver Broncos 10 6 0 .625 5–3 7–5 321 289 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 343 290 W1
Oakland Raiders 7 9 0 .438 2–6 5–7 273 343 L2
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 2–6 6–8 322 388 W1

Game Summaries[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week P1: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
49ers 7 7 37327
Seahawks 7 3 014024

at Kingdome, Seattle

Week P2: vs. St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 6 7 71030
Seahawks 0 7 7721

at Kingdome, Seattle

Week P3: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 17 0 0017
49ers 7 0 71024

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

  • Date: August 22
  • Game time: 6:05pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 60 °F (16 °C), wind NE 19 miles per hour (31 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 37,563
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV: KIRO
  • Gamebook

Week P4: vs. Baltimore Colts[edit]

Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 7 7 0317
Seahawks 10 0 14731

at Kingdome, Seattle

Regular Season[edit]

Week 1: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week One: Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 21 0 0021
Bengals 0 10 10727

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: September 6
  • Game time: 1:00pm local
  • Game weather: partly cloudy, 70 °F (21 °C), 71% humidity, wind NE 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 41,177
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 2: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 3 7 0010
Seahawks 7 3 3013

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 3: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Three: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 3 7010
Raiders 7 6 0720

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: September 20
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 68 °F (20 °C), 58% humidity, wind SW 9 miles per hour (14 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 45,725
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 4: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 13 0020
Seahawks 0 7 7014

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: September 27
  • Game time: 1:03pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 59,255
  • Referee: Tom Dooley
  • TV announcers (NBC): Phil Stone and Gene Washington
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 5: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 7 0310
Chargers 0 10 7724

at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego

Game information

Week 6: at Houston Oilers[edit]

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks at Houston Oilers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 10 0 0717
Oilers 7 7 02135

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Game information

Week 7: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 3 10 13632
Seahawks 0 0 000

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 8: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 7 6619
Jets 0 0 303

at Shea Stadium, New York

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 4:01pm local
  • Game weather: overcast, 55 °F (13 °C), 64% humidity, wind SE 17 miles per hour (27 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 49,678
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 9: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Nine: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 14 3024
Packers 7 14 7634

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

Week 10: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers 7 14 0021
Seahawks 3 7 01424

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 11: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 7 10 0623
Seahawks 0 24 14644

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 3 3 7013
Chiefs 3 17 71340

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 22
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 53 °F (12 °C), 40% humidity, wind SE 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 49,002
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 3 82132
Seahawks 0 10 14731

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: November 29
  • Game time: 1:02pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 57,147
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV announcers (NBC): Jay Randolph and Gene Washington
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 14: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 0 9 7723
Seahawks 6 7 7727

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 1:02pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 53,105
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers (NBC): Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 15: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 3 3713
Broncos 7 3 6723

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: December 13
  • Game time: 2:00pm local
  • Game weather: partly cloudy, 45 °F (7 °C), 42% humidity, wind NE 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 74,527
  • Referee: Fred Wyant
  • TV announcers (NBC): Jay Randolph and Jim Turner
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 16: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Browns 0 7 7721
Seahawks 14 14 14042

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com
  2. ^ 1981 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ 1982 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ 1981 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.

External links[edit]