|1990 Seattle Seahawks season|
|Head coach||Chuck Knox|
|General manager||Tom Flores|
|Division place||3rd AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||FB John Williams|
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
|1/3||Cortez Kennedy||Defensive Tackle||Miami (FL)|
|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|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
- Starters in bold.
- (*) Denotes players that were selected for the 1991 Pro Bowl.
|AB||Denver Broncos||L 10–14||0–1||Tokyo Dome (Tokyo)||Recap|
|1||at Phoenix Cardinals||W 34–9||1–1||Sun Devil Stadium||Recap|
|2||Indianapolis Colts||W 13–10||2–1||Kingdome||Recap|
|3||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 10–3||3–1||Kingdome||Recap|
|4||at San Francisco 49ers||W 30–10||4–1||Candlestick Park||Recap|
Divisional matchups have the AFC West playing the NFC Central.
|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||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|
|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
|(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|
|San Diego Chargers||6||10||0||.375||2–6||5–9||315||281||L3|
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
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
at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
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