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

1980 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coachJack Patera
Home fieldKingdome
Results
Record4–12
Division place5th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro Bowlersnone
AP All-Prosnone

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 (their last at Arrowhead Stadium until 1990); 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, one which finished 4-12 (although one was over the Cowboys). 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.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

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

Undrafted free agentsEdit

1980 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Dave Krieg Quarterback Milton College

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

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 rosterEdit

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.

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

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[permanent dead link]
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 seasonEdit

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]

StandingsEdit

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 SummariesEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week P1: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 7 0310
Seahawks 7 7 0014

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 DolphinsEdit

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 7 0 01724
Seahawks 7 0 007

at Kingdome, Seattle

Week P3: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

Preseason Week Three: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 0 000
49ers 0 0 000

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 PatriotsEdit

Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 10 6 7023
Seahawks 7 17 3330

at Kingdome, Seattle

Regular SeasonEdit

Week 1: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 3 21 7334
Seahawks 3 0 3713

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: September 7
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 62,042
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers (NBC): Merle Harmon and Carl Eller
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 2: at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 10 0017
Chiefs 0 7 6316

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Week 3: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Three: Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 3 17 71037
Seahawks 3 14 01431

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 4: at Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 7 0714
Redskins 0 0 000

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Game information

Week 5: at Houston OilersEdit

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Houston Oilers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 3 20 3026
Oilers 0 0 077

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Game information

Week 6: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks vs. Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Browns 7 6 7727
Seahawks 0 3 003

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 7: at New York JetsEdit

Week Seven: Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 3 0 71727
Jets 0 7 7317

at Shea Stadium, New York

Game information

Week 8: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 0 01414
Raiders 3 3 101733

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 EaglesEdit

Week Nine: Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 7 101027
Seahawks 6 0 7720

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 10: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 0 72131
Seahawks 0 17 6730

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 11: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 0 71219
Seahawks 0 7 7317

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 12: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 10 01020
Broncos 7 10 31636

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 CowboysEdit

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 0 077
Cowboys 9 21 02151

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 GiantsEdit

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 3 10 01427
Seahawks 0 7 7721

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 15: at San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 0 7714
Chargers 0 21 0021

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 BroncosEdit

Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 10 9 6025
Seahawks 0 0 31417

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://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 linksEdit