1984 Seattle Seahawks season

The 1984 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's ninth season with the National Football League. The season opener was moved from Sunday to Monday afternoon on Labor Day to avoid a conflict with the Seattle Mariners baseball game.

The 1984 Seahawks were a well-balanced team on offense and defense. They scored 418 points (26.1 per game), and gave up only 282 points (17.6 per game), both ranked 5th in the NFL. Their point differential of +136 points was third in the NFL; the Seahawks' giveaway/takeway ratio was +24, best in the league. The team's 63 defensive takeaways is the most in NFL history for a 16-game schedule, and the most since the merger.[1]

The team's offense boasted a 3,000-yard passer in quarterback Dave Krieg (3,671 yards), and a 1,000-yard wide receiver in Steve Largent (74 receptions for 1,164 yards). The passing attack more than made up for the loss of star running back Curt Warner, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener.

The Seahawks's defensive line generated an outstanding pass rush, with defensive ends Jeff Bryant and Jacob Green registering 14.5 and 13 sacks, respectively. Safety Kenny Easley led the team and league with 10 interceptions.[2] Easley, Green, and NT Joe Nash made the All-Pro team.

In a wild Week Ten game against Kansas City, the Seahawks intercepted Kansas City's quarterbacks five times, and returned four of them for touchdowns. All the touchdown returns were for over 50 yards.[3] In the game, the Seahawks set NFL records for most yards returning interceptions (325), and most interceptions-for-touchdowns in a game (four). Seattle would make the playoffs for the second straight season. They defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Raiders 13-7 in the wild card round. However, they were not able to advance past the Miami Dolphins, as they lost in Miami 31-10 to a powerful Dolphins squad.

1984 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coachChuck Knox
General managerMike McCormack
Home fieldKingdome
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (vs Raiders) 13–7
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Dolphins) 10–31
Pro BowlersQB Dave Krieg
WR Steve Largent
CB Dave Brown
LB Fredd Young
NT Joe Nash
PR/SS Kenny Easley
K Norm Johnson
AP All-ProsWR Steve Largent (2nd team)
NT Joe Nash (1st team)
CB Dave Brown (2nd team)
DE Jacob Green (2nd team)
SS Kenny Easley (1st team)
K Norm Johnson (1st team)
ST Fredd Young (1st team)

1984 NFL Draft

1984 Seahawks Draft Selections
Round/Pick Player Position College
1/22 Terry Taylor Defensive Back Southern Illinois
2/49 Daryl Turner Wide Receiver Michigan State
3/76 Fredd Young Linebacker New Mexico State
4/86 Rickey Hagood Nose Tackle South Carolina
6/162 John Kaiser Linebacker Arizona
7/189 Sam Slater Offensive Tackle Weber State
8/216 John Puzar Center Long Beach State
9/243 Adam Schreiber Center Texas
10/270 Randall Morris Running Back Tennessee
11/302 Steve Gemza Offensive Tackle UCLA
12/329 Theo Windham Defensive Back Utah State
Supp. Gordon Houston Tight End Brigham Young
Supp. Alvin Powell Offensive Guard Winston-Salem State
Supp. Frank Seurer Quarterback Kansas



1984 Seattle Seahawks staff
Front office
  • President/General Manager – Mike McCormack
  • Assistant General Manager – Chuck Allen
  • Player Personnel Director – Mike Allman
  • Assistant Player Personnel Director – Rick Thompson
  • Pro Personnel Assistant – Randy Mueller

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

1984 Seattle Seahawks final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
54 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad


  • Starters in blue



Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
HoF 1 July 28 12:00pm PDT at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 38-0 1–0 Fawcett Stadium Canton 22,250 ABC Recap
2 August 4 7:30pm PDT Buffalo Bills W 7-3 2–0 Kingdome 53,360 -- Recap
3 August 11 4:00pm PDT at Detroit Lions W 28-24 3–0 Silverdome 41,414 KING Recap
4 August 17 7:30pm PDT St. Louis Cardinals W 17-7 4–0 Kingdome 53,772 -- Recap
5 August 24 6:00pm PDT at San Francisco 49ers L 7-17 4–1 Candlestick Park 49,219 KING Recap
Source: Seahawks Media Guides [5][6]

Regular season

Divisional matchups have the AFC West playing the NFC Central.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 3 1:00pm PDT Cleveland Browns W 33–0 1–0 Kingdome 59,540 NBC Recap
2 September 9 1:00pm PDT San Diego Chargers W 31–17 2–0 Kingdome 61,314 NBC Recap
3 September 16 10:00am PDT at New England Patriots L 23–38 2–1 Sullivan Stadium 43,140 NBC Recap
4 September 23 1:00pm PDT Chicago Bears W 38–9 3–1 Kingdome 61,520 CBS Recap
5 September 30 10:00am PDT at Minnesota Vikings W 20–12 4–1 Metrodome 57,171 NBC Recap
6 October 7 1:00pm PDT at Los Angeles Raiders L 14–28 4–2 Memorial Coliseum 77,904 NBC Recap
7 October 14 1:00pm PDT Buffalo Bills W 31–28 5–2 Kingdome 59,034 NBC Recap
8 October 21 10:00am PDT at Green Bay Packers W 30–24 6–2 Milwaukee County Stadium 52,286 NBC Recap
9 October 29 6:00pm PST at San Diego Chargers W 24–0 7–2 Jack Murphy Stadium 53,974 ABC Recap
10 November 4 1:00pm PST Kansas City Chiefs W 45–0 8–2 Kingdome 61,396 NBC Recap
11 November 12 6:00pm PST Los Angeles Raiders W 17–14 9–2 Kingdome 64,001 ABC Recap
12 November 18 10:00am PST at Cincinnati Bengals W 26–6 10–2 Riverfront Stadium 50,280 NBC Recap
13 November 25 1:00pm PST at Denver Broncos W 27–24 11–2 Mile High Stadium 74,922 NBC Recap
14 December 2 1:00pm PST Detroit Lions W 38–17 12–2 Kingdome 62,441 CBS Recap
15 December 9 10:00am PST at Kansas City Chiefs L 7–34 12–3 Arrowhead Stadium 34,855 NBC Recap
16 December 15 1:00pm PST Denver Broncos L 14–31 12–4 Kingdome 64,411 NBC Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1984 NFL season results [7]


Week Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
WC December 22 1:00pm PST Los Angeles Raiders (5) W 13–7 1–0 Kingdome 62,049 NBC Recap
DIV December 29 9:30am PST at Miami Dolphins (1) L 10–31 1–1 Orange Bowl 73,469 NBC Recap


AFC West
Denver Broncos(2) 13 3 0 .813 6–2 10–2 353 241 W2
Seattle Seahawks(4) 12 4 0 .750 5–3 8–4 418 282 L2
Los Angeles Raiders(5) 11 5 0 .688 5–3 8–4 368 278 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–7 314 324 W3
San Diego Chargers 7 9 0 .438 0–8 3–9 394 413 L2

Game Summaries


Week P5: at San Francisco 49ers

Regular Season

Week 3: at New England Patriots

The Seahawks saw the Patriots erase a 23-0 deficit with 38 unanswered points led by new quarterback Tony Eason, who took over halfway through the game for Steve Grogan.

Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos


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

AFC Divisional Playoff: at #1 Miami Dolphins


  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, in the regular season, sorted by descending Takeaways.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1984 Seattle Seahawks
  3. ^ Dave Brown, 90 yard return for TD; Keith Simpson, 76 yard return for TD; Dave Brown, 56 yard return for TD; Kenny Easley, 58 yard return for TD: Pro-Football-Reference.com: Kansas City Chiefs 0 at Seattle Seahawks 45, Sunday, November 4, 1984
  4. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com
  5. ^ 1984 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  6. ^ 1985 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  7. ^ 1984 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.

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