1990 Seattle Seahawks Season
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1990 Seattle Seahawks Season
1990 Seattle Seahawks season
OwnerKen Behring
Head coachChuck Knox
General managerTom Flores
Home fieldKingdome
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersFB John Williams
AP All-ProsNone

The 1990 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's 15th season with the National Football League. The team improved on its 7-9 record from 1989, finishing 9-7. Despite the winning record, the team missed the postseason.

Seattle would start the season 0-3 before abandoning the run and shoot offense installed before the season and returning to the "Ground Chuck" Offense. Upon becoming a run-first offense again, RB Derrick Fenner led the AFC in rushing and total touchdowns with 14 (tied with Los Angeles Rams RB Cleveland Gary) and finishing second in the NFL in total touchdowns (leading the AFC in that category) with 15 (one behind Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders, 16 total touchdowns). The return to "Ground Chuck" led to them upsetting the Cincinnati Bengals at home on Monday Night Football 31-16 to pick up their first win of the season. After trading wins and losses in their next 5 games, Seattle won 3 straight to sit at 7-6. However, a loss to the Miami Dolphins hurt the Seahawks hopes for a playoff berth. They won their final 2 games of the season against the Denver Broncos and Lions to finish 9-7, but were eliminated after the Houston Oilers (led by backup QB Cody Carlson subbing for an injured Warren Moon) defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on the final Sunday Night Football game of 1990. Due to conference record tiebreakers, Houston's win sent the Oilers and Cincinnati Bengals to the playoffs while a Pittsburgh win would've sent the Seahawks and Steelers to the postseason. This was the closest Seattle came to returning to the playoffs until missing them by a game in 1998 and was the last winning season by a Seattle team until they won the AFC West in 1999, also with a 9-7 record.

This was the first Seahawks season without original member Steve Largent, who retired at the end of the previous season. This season is also notable for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas sacking Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg an NFL record 7 times in a single game. Despite this the Seahawks managed to pull out the win when Krieg broke free of what would have been another Thomas sack to throw the game winning touchdown to receiver Paul Skansi.

Seattle's 1990 NFL Draft is notable in that they not only acquired a future Hall of Famer in Cortez Kennedy but they grabbed multiple time Pro Bowl RB Chris Warren in the 4th Round. Warren would play in Seattle until the end of the 1997 Season becoming Seattle's all-time leading rusher on his final carry as a Seahawk, passing Seahawks Ring of Honor member Curt Warner with 6,706 to Warner's 6,705 (since broken by Shaun Alexander's 9,429 Rushing Yards as a Seahawk). In addition, they got Pro Bowl defensive back Robert Blackmon and defensive mainstay Terry Wooden.

1990 NFL Draft

1990 Seahawks Draft Selections
Round/Pick Player Position College
1/3 Cortez Kennedy Defensive Tackle Miami (FL)
2/29 Terry Wooden Linebacker Syracuse
2/34 Robert Blackmon Defensive Back Baylor
4/89 Chris Warren Running Back Ferrum
5/119 Eric Hayes Defensive Tackle Florida State
6/146 Ned Bolcar Linebacker Notre Dame
7/175 Bob Kula Offensive Tackle Michigan State
8/202 Bill Hitchcock Offensive Tackle Purdue
10/257 Robert Morris Defensive End Valdosta State
11/286 Daryl Reed Defensive Back Oregon
12/312 John Gromos Quarterback Vanderbilt



Final roster


  • Starters in bold.
  • (*) Denotes players that were selected for the 1991 Pro Bowl.



Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Recap
AB August 4 Denver Broncos L 10-14 0-1 Japan Tokyo Dome (Tokyo) Recap
1 August 11 at Phoenix Cardinals W 34-9 1-1 Sun Devil Stadium Recap
2 August 17 Indianapolis Colts W 13-10 2-1 Kingdome Recap
3 August 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 10-3 3-1 Kingdome Recap
4 August 31 at San Francisco 49ers W 30-10 4-1 Candlestick Park Recap
Source: Seahawks Media Guides[2][3]

Regular season

Divisional matchups have the AFC West playing the NFC Central.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Recap
1 September 9 at Chicago Bears L 0-17 0-1 Soldier Field Recap
2 September 16 Los Angeles Raiders L 13-17 0-2 Kingdome Recap
3 September 23 at Denver Broncos L 31-34 (OT) 0-3 Mile High Stadium Recap
4 October 1 Cincinnati Bengals W 31-16 1-3 Kingdome Recap
5 October 7 at New England Patriots W 33-20 2-3 Foxboro Stadium Recap
6 October 14 at Los Angeles Raiders L 17-24 2-4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
7 October 21 Kansas City Chiefs W 19-7 3-4 Kingdome Recap
8 Bye
9 November 4 San Diego Chargers L 14-31 3-5 Kingdome Recap
10 November 11 at Kansas City Chiefs W 17-16 4-5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
11 November 18 Minnesota Vikings L 21-24 4-6 Kingdome Recap
12 November 25 at San Diego Chargers W 13-10 (OT) 5-6 Jack Murphy Stadium Recap
13 December 2 Houston Oilers W 13-10 (OT) 6-6 Kingdome Recap
14 December 9 at Green Bay Packers W 20-14 7-6 Milwaukee County Stadium Recap
15 December 16 at Miami Dolphins L 17-24 7-7 Joe Robbie Stadium Recap
16 December 23 Denver Broncos W 17-12 8-7 Kingdome Recap
17 December 30 Detroit Lions W 30-13 9-7 Kingdome Recap
Bold indicates division opponents.
Source: 1990 NFL season results[4]


AFC West
(2) Los Angeles Raiders 12 4 0 .750 6-2 9-3 337 268 W5
(5) Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 .688 5-3 7-5 369 257 W2
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 4-4 7-5 306 286 W2
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 2-6 5-9 315 281 L3
Denver Broncos 5 11 0 .313 3-5 4-8 331 374 W1

Game Summaries

Even though the Seahawks did not qualify for the playoffs, their most memorable moment during the season was in the final seconds against the Kansas City Chiefs when Dave Krieg threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Paul Skansi.


Week P1: vs. Denver Broncos

Week P2: at Phoenix Cardinals

Week P3: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week P4: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week P5: at San Francisco 49ers

Regular season

Week 1: at Chicago Bears

Week 2: vs. Los Angeles Raiders

Week 3: at Denver Broncos

Week 4: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 5: at New England Patriots

Week 6: at Los Angeles Raiders

Week 7: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 9: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week 10: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 11: vs. Minnesota Vikings

Week 12: at San Diego Chargers

Week 13: vs. Houston Oilers

Week 14: at Green Bay Packers

Week 15: at Miami Dolphins

Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 17: vs. Detroit Lions


  1. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com
  2. ^ 1990 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ 1991 Seahawks Media Guide, accessed February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ 1990 NFL season results, NFL.com, accessed February 14, 2015.

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