1979 Seattle Seahawks season

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
Pro Bowlers WR Steve Largent
AP All-Pros WR Steve Largent (2nd team)

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

1979 Seahawks Draft Selections
Round/PickPlayerPositionCollege
1/18Manu TuiasosopoDefensive EndUCLA
2/45Joe NormanLinebackerIndiana
3/57Michael JacksonLinebackerWashington
4/102Mark BellDefensive EndColorado State
7/169Larry PolowskiLinebackerBoise State
9/240Ezra TateRunning BackMississippi State
10/267Robert HardyDefensive TackleJackson State
11/293Jim HineslyOffensive GuardMichigan State
12/319Jeff MooreRunning BackJackson State

Personnel

Staff

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

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

Preseason

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

    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

    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

    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

    Week P1: vs. Minnesota Vikings

    Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
    1 2 34OTTotal
    Vikings 0 6 0309
    Seahawks 9 0 00312

    at Kingdome, Seattle

    Week P2: vs. Dallas Cowboys

    Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Cowboys 7 0 3717
    Seahawks 7 7 31027

    at Kingdome, Seattle

    Week P3: at Los Angeles Rams

    Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Seahawks 0 0 000
    Rams 0 0 000

    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

    Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    49ers 0 0 02020
    Seahawks 17 17 21055

    at Kingdome, Seattle

    Regular Season

    Week 1: vs. San Diego Chargers

    Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Chargers 0 13 101033
    Seahawks 3 7 0616

    at Kingdome, Seattle

    Game information

    Week 2: at Miami Dolphins

    Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Seahawks 0 3 7010
    Dolphins 0 9 3719

    at Orange Bowl, Miami

    Game information

    Week 3: vs. Oakland Raiders

    Week Three: Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Raiders 0 0 7310
    Seahawks 7 3 10727

    at Kingdome, Seattle

    Game information

    Week 4: at Denver Broncos

    Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Seahawks 10 10 14034
    Broncos 0 10 21637

    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

    Week Five: Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Chiefs 0 10 01424
    Seahawks 3 0 306

    at Kingdome, Seattle

    Game information

    Week 6: at San Francisco 49ers

    Week Six: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Seahawks 14 7 7735
    49ers 7 3 01424

    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

    Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Seahawks 0 3 0710
    Chargers 7 0 7620

    at San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California

    Game information

    Week 8: vs. Houston Oilers

    Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Oilers – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Oilers 0 7 0714
    Seahawks 7 7 61434

    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

    Week Nine: Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Seahawks 0 21 3731
    Falcons 7 7 01428

    at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

    Game information

    Week 10: vs. Los Angeles Rams

    Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Rams 14 7 3024
    Seahawks 0 0 000

    at Kingdome, Seattle

    Game information

    Least Yards gained in any other game -7 yards

    Week 11: at Cleveland Browns

    Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Seahawks 7 9 01329
    Browns 0 3 14724

    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

    Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Saints 7 7 3724
    Seahawks 7 17 01438

    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

    Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Jets – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Jets 0 0 707
    Seahawks 3 13 14030

    at Kingdome, Seattle

    Game information

    Week 14: at Kansas City Chiefs

    Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Seahawks 0 0 71421
    Chiefs 14 10 6737

    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

    Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Broncos 0 20 3023
    Seahawks 7 7 7728

    at Kingdome, Seattle

    Game information

    Week 16: at Oakland Raiders

    Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
    1 2 34Total
    Seahawks 10 7 9329
    Raiders 7 10 0724

    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

    References

    1. https://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.
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