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 (at Dolphins) 27–20
Lost Conference Championship (at Raiders) 14–30

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 modified their uniforms, incorporating the Seahawks logo onto the jersey's sleeves. "TV numbers" were moved from the jersey's sleeves to the shoulders. The helmet facemasks became blue, and the socks were all blue. The uniform would remain basically unchanged through the 2001 season.

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


Final roster[edit]

1983 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
54 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

[1]

  • Starters in bold.
  • (*) Denotes players that were selected for the 1984 Pro Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 5 6:00pm PDT at Denver Broncos L 7–10 0–1 Mile High Stadium 53,887 KING Recap
2 August 12 7:30pm PDT Green Bay Packers W 38–21 1–1 Kingdome 54,443 -- Recap
3 August 19 7:30pm PDT Minnesota Vikings L 17–19 1–2 Kingdome 54,402 -- Recap
4 August 26 2:00pm PDT at San Francisco 49ers W 20–6 2–2 Candlestick Park 47,074 KING 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 4 1:00pm PDT at Kansas City Chiefs L 13–17 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium 42,531 NBC Recap
2 September 11 10:00am PDT at New York Jets W 17–10 1–1 Shea Stadium 50,066 NBC Recap
3 September 18 1:00pm PDT San Diego Chargers W 34–31 2–1 Kingdome 61,714 NBC Recap
4 September 25 1:00pm PDT Washington Redskins L 17–27 2–2 Kingdome 60,718 CBS Recap
5 October 2 10:00am PDT at Cleveland Browns W 24–9 3–2 Cleveland Stadium 75,446 NBC Recap
6 October 9 1:00pm PDT at San Diego Chargers L 21–28 3–3 Jack Murphy Stadium 49,132 NBC Recap
7 October 16 1:00pm PDT Los Angeles Raiders W 38–36 4–3 Kingdome 60,967 NBC Recap
8 October 23 1:00pm PDT Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–27 4–4 Kingdome 61,615 NBC Recap
9 October 30 1:00pm PST at Los Angeles Raiders W 34–21 5–4 Memorial Coliseum 49,708 NBC Recap
10 November 6 1:00pm PST Denver Broncos W 27–19 6–4 Kingdome 61,189 NBC Recap
11 November 13 10:00am PST at St. Louis Cardinals L 28–33 6–5 Busch Stadium 33,280 NBC Recap
12 November 20 1:00pm PST at Denver Broncos L 27–38 6–6 Mile High Stadium 74,710 NBC Recap
13 November 27 1:00pm PST Kansas City Chiefs W 51–48 (OT) 7–6 Kingdome 56,793 NBC Recap
14 December 4 1:00pm PST Dallas Cowboys L 10–35 7–7 Kingdome 63,352 CBS Recap
15 December 11 10:00am PST at New York Giants W 17–12 8–7 Giants Stadium 48,945 NBC Recap
16 December 18 1:00pm PST New England Patriots W 24–6 9–7 Kingdome 59,688 NBC Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1983 NFL season results [4]

Postseason[edit]

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

For more details on this topic, see 1983–84 NFL playoffs.
Week Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
WC December 24 1:00pm PST Denver Broncos (5) W 31–7 1–0 Kingdome 60,752 NBC Recap
DIV December 31 1:00pm PST at Miami Dolphins (2) W 27–20 2–0 Orange Bowl 71,032 NBC Recap
CON January 8 1:00pm PST at Los Angeles Raiders (1) L 14–30 2–1 Memorial Coliseum 88,734 NBC Recap

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Raiders(1) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 10–2 442 338 W1
Seattle Seahawks(4) 9 7 0 .563 5–3 8–4 403 397 W2
Denver Broncos(5) 9 7 0 .563 3–5 9–5 302 327 L1
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 4–4 4–8 358 462 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–8 386 367 W1

Game Summaries[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week P1: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 7 0 0 7
Broncos 3 0 7 0 10

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: August 5
  • Game time: 7:00pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 70 °F (21 °C), 63% humidity, wind S 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 53,887
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV: KING
  • Gamebook

Week P2: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 14 0 0 21
Seahawks 7 14 7 10 38

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: August 12
  • Game time: 7:32pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 54,443
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • Gamebook

Week P3: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 16 0 3 19
Seahawks 7 3 0 7 17

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: August 19
  • Game time: 7:34pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 54,402
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • Gamebook

Week P4: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

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

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Regular Season[edit]

Week 1: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week One: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 0 3 7 13
Chiefs 7 0 7 3 17

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 2: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 10 0 7 17
Jets 0 3 0 7 10

at Shea Stadium, New York

Game information

Week 3: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Three: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 3 0 21 31
Seahawks 14 3 10 7 34

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 61,714
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 4: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 7 13 0 7 27
Seahawks 3 7 0 7 17

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 5: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 0 7 14 24
Browns 0 3 0 6 9

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 1:00pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 68 °F (20 °C), 68% humidity, wind S 10 miles per hour (16 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 75,446
  • Referee: Chuck Heberling
  • TV announcers (NBC): Phil Stone and Dave Rowe
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 6: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 14 0 0 21
Chargers 0 7 7 14 28

at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Raiders[edit]

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 10 5 14 36
Seahawks 7 0 17 14 38

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 8: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 17 0 3 27
Seahawks 0 0 7 14 21

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 61,615
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 9: at Los Angeles Raiders[edit]

Week Nine: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 17 7 10 34
Raiders 0 7 7 7 21

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 1:00pm local
  • Game weather: overcast, 74 °F (23 °C), 76% humidity, wind W 9 miles per hour (14 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 49,708
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 10: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 3 6 10 19
Seahawks 6 0 14 7 27

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 11: at St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 14 0 7 28
Cardinals 7 21 0 5 33

at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 1:00pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 40 °F (4 °C), 75% humidity, wind S 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 33,280
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers (NBC): Jay Randolph and Gene Washington
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 12: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 7 13 7 27
Broncos 10 10 7 11 38

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 1:00pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 50 °F (10 °C), 36% humidity, wind E 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 74,710
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers (NBC): Marv Albert and John Brodie
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Chiefs 7 21 7 13 0 48
Seahawks 7 7 17 17 3 51

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 7 7 14 35
Seahawks 0 3 0 7 10

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 15: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 10 0 0 17
Giants 3 3 3 3 12

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Week 16: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 6 0 0 6
Seahawks 3 7 7 7 24

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 1:02pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 59,688
  • Referee: Fred Wyant
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
  • Gamebook
Game information

Postseason[edit]

Seattle entered the postseason as the #4 seed in the AFC.

AFC Wild Card Playoff: vs. #5 Denver Broncos[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoff: #5 Denver Broncos at #4 Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 0 0 0 7
Seahawks 7 3 7 14 31

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

AFC Divisional Playoff: at #2 Miami Dolphins[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff: #4 Seattle Seahawks at #2 Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 7 7 13 27
Dolphins 0 13 0 7 20

at Orange Bowl, Miami

Game information

AFC Championship Game: at #1 Los Angeles Raiders[edit]

AFC Championship Game: #4 Seattle Seahawks at #1 Los Angeles Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 0 7 7 14
Raiders 3 17 7 3 30

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

  • Date: January 8
  • Game time: 1:04pm local
  • Game weather: overcast, 66 °F (19 °C), 81% humidity, wind E 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 88,734
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com
  2. ^ 1983 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ 1984 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ 1983 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.

External links[edit]