1997 Seattle Seahawks season

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1997 Seattle Seahawks season
Head coachDennis Erickson
Home fieldKingdome
Results
Record8–8
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersQB Warren Moon
DE Michael Sinclair
LB Chad Brown
CB Shawn Springs
FS Darryl Williams
AP All-ProsFS Darryl Williams (2nd team)

The 1997 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's 22nd season with the National Football League. This season would mark a new era for the Seahawks as they drafted two first round picks (Shawn Springs and Walter Jones) and traded quarterback Rick Mirer and signed Minnesota Vikings/Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon to be John Friesz's backup. Moon and Jones would go on to be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and 2014, respectively. They also signed rookie quarterback Jon Kitna. After a Week 1 injury to Friesz, Moon led the Seahawks improvement from 1996's 7–9 record to finish 8–8. This would be Moon’s last season making the Pro Bowl in his career, he went on to win Pro Bowl MVP.

This season is notable for being the first under new owner Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Allen helped keep the team from relocating and made sure it remained in Seattle.

NFL draft[edit]

1997 Seattle Seahawks draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Shawn Springs *  Cornerback Ohio State
1 6 Walter Jones *  Offensive Tackle Florida State from St. Louis via NY Jets and Tampa Bay
5 142 Eric Stokes  Defensive Back Nebraska
6 174 Itula Mili  Tight End Brigham Young
7 211 Carlos Jones  Cornerback Miami (FL)
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1997 Seattle Seahawks staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Dennis Erickson
  • Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line – Gregg Smith

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Dana LeDuc
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Darren Krein

Final roster[edit]

1997 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
61 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

[1]

  • Starters in bold.
  • (*) Denotes players that were selected for the 1998 Pro Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site Attendance TV Recap
Final score Team record
HoF 1 July 26 11:30am PDT Minnesota Vikings L 26–28 0–1 Fawcett Stadium Canton 23,846 ABC Recap
2 August 2 7:00pm PDT Arizona Cardinals W 34–6 1–1 Kingdome 49,445 KING Recap
3 August 9 6:00pm PDT at San Francisco 49ers L 17–21 1–2 3Com Park 50,153 KING Recap
4 August 16 7:00pm PDT Indianapolis Colts W 45–3 2–2 Kingdome 52,844 KING Recap
5 August 22 4:30pm PDT at Cincinnati Bengals W 31–28 3–2 Cinergy Field 43,637 KING Recap
Source: Seahawks Media Guides [2][3]

Regular season[edit]

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 August 31 1:00pm PDT New York Jets L 3–41 0–1 Kingdome 53,893 NBC Recap
2 September 7 1:00pm PDT Denver Broncos L 14–35 0–2 Kingdome 55,859 NBC Recap
3 September 14 1:00pm PDT at Indianapolis Colts W 31–3 1–2 RCA Dome 49,194 NBC Recap
4 September 21 1:00pm PDT San Diego Chargers W 26–22 2–2 Kingdome 51,110 NBC Recap
5 September 28 1:00pm PDT at Kansas City Chiefs L 17–20 (OT) 2–3 Arrowhead Stadium 77,877 NBC Recap
6 October 5 1:00pm PDT Tennessee Oilers W 16–13 3–3 Kingdome 49,897 NBC Recap
7 Bye
8 October 19 10:00am PDT at St. Louis Rams W 17–9 4–3 TWA Dome 64,819 NBC Recap
9 October 26 1:00pm PST Oakland Raiders W 45–34 5–3 Kingdome 66,264 NBC Recap
10 November 2 1:00pm PST at Denver Broncos L 27–30 5–4 Mile High Stadium 74,212 NBC Recap
11 November 9 1:00pm PST at San Diego Chargers W 37–31 6–4 Qualcomm Stadium 64,616 NBC Recap
12 November 16 10:00am PST at New Orleans Saints L 17–20 (OT) 6–5 Louisiana Superdome 50,493 NBC Recap
13 November 23 1:00pm PST Kansas City Chiefs L 14–19 6–6 Kingdome 66,264 NBC Recap
14 November 30 1:00pm PST Atlanta Falcons L 17–24 6–7 Kingdome 52,584 Fox Recap
15 December 7 10:00am PST at Baltimore Ravens L 24–31 6–8 Memorial Stadium 54,395 NBC Recap
16 December 14 1:00pm PST at Oakland Raiders W 22–21 7–8 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 40,124 NBC Recap
17 December 21 5:00pm PST San Francisco 49ers W 38–9 8–8 Kingdome 66,253 ESPN Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1997 NFL season results [4]

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) Kansas City Chiefs 13 3 0 .813 375 232 W6
(4) Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 472 287 W1
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 365 362 W2
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 324 419 L5
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 266 425 L8

Game Summaries[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week P1: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Preseason Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 7 7728
Seahawks 0 3 91426

at Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio

  • Date: July 26
  • Game time: 2:36pm local
  • Game weather: hazy, 77 °F (25 °C), 87% humidity, wind SW 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 23,846
  • Referee: Larry Nemmers
  • TV: ABC
  • Gamebook

Week P2: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Preseason Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 0 6 006
Seahawks 0 17 10734

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 0 7 10017
49ers 14 0 0721

at 3Com Park, San Francisco

  • Date: August 9
  • Game time: 6:05pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 71 °F (22 °C), 66% humidity, wind SW 16 miles per hour (26 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 50,153
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV: KING
  • Gamebook

Week P4: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Preseason Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 0 3 003
Seahawks 10 21 7745

at Kingdome, Seattle

Week P5: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Preseason Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 7 10731
Bengals 0 7 02128

at Cinergy Field, Cincinnati

  • Date: August 22
  • Game time: 7:30pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 60 °F (16 °C), wind NW 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 43,637
  • Referee: Gerry Austin
  • TV: KING
  • Gamebook

Regular Season[edit]

Week 1: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week One: Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 17 10 14041
Seahawks 0 3 003

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 2: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 10 3 15735
Seahawks 0 14 0014

at Kingdome, Seattle

  • Date: September 7
  • Game time: 1:00pm local
  • Game weather: indoors
  • Game attendance: 55,859
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Three: Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 10 01431
Colts 3 0 003

at RCA Dome, Indianapolis

Game information

Week 4: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 16 0622
Seahawks 3 10 01326

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 5: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Seahawks 7 3 70017
Chiefs 0 7 73320

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: September 28
  • Game time: 3:01pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 79 °F (26 °C), 28% humidity, wind NW 22 miles per hour (35 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 77,877
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 6: vs. Tennessee Oilers[edit]

Week Six: Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Oilers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Oilers 3 7 0313
Seahawks 0 0 10616

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 8: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 3 7717
Rams 0 3 339

at TWA Dome, St. Louis

Game information

Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Nine: Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 14 11 9034
Seahawks 3 15 141345

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 10 at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Ten: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 3 7 10727
Broncos 3 10 14330

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 2
  • Game time: 2:04pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 46 °F (8 °C), 32% humidity, wind N 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 74,212
  • Referee: Tom White
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 11: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Eleven: Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 10 141337
Chargers 14 3 7731

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 9
  • Game time: 1:05pm local
  • Game weather: clear, 73 °F (23 °C), 62% humidity, wind WSW 9 miles per hour (14 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 64,616
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 12: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Twelve: Seattle Seahawks at New Orleans  – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Seahawks 0 10 07017
Saints 0 7 010320

at Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 13: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Thirteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 7 3 7219
Seahawks 7 7 0014

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 7 10 7024
Seahawks 0 7 7317

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Week 15: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Fifteen: Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 10 7024
Ravens 3 14 7731

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: December 7
  • Game time: 1:01pm local
  • Game weather: partly cloudy, 46 °F (7.8 °C), 40% humidity, wind W 18 miles per hour (29 km/h; 16 kn)
  • Game attendance: 54,395
  • Referee: Dick Hantak
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

This was the first time the Seahawks had ever played a regular season game in Baltimore against either the Colts or the Ravens.[5]

Week 16: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Sixteen: Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 3 91022
Raiders 14 7 0021

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: December 14
  • Game time: 1:05pm local
  • Game weather: showers, 55 °F (13 °C), 82% humidity, wind S 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 40,124
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV: NBC
  • Gamebook
Game information

Week 17: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Seventeen: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 6 0 309
Seahawks 7 14 71038

at Kingdome, Seattle

Game information

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com
  2. ^ 1997 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ 1998 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ 1997 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Urena, Ivan; Pro Football Schedules: A Complete Historical Guide from 1933 to the Present, p. 17 ISBN 0786473517
  6. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 202

External links[edit]