Russell Wilson's rookie year is one of Seahawks' best turnarounds


Currently riding a streak of nine straight winning seasons, the Seattle Seahawks haven’t had to pull themselves out of the basement of the NFL standings in a while. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t experienced year-over-year turnarounds or down years. 

Let’s take a look at some of the worst seasons and greatest comeback seasons in Seahawks history.

What was the worst season in Seahawks history?

The Seahawks’ worst season in franchise history came in 1992 when they only mustered two wins and scored 8.8 points per game, the lowest average in the 16-game era. The 1993 team improved to 6-10 while scoring a much more respectable 24.7 points per game.

Defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy was a bright spot in this era, earning three straight All-Pro nods from 1992 to 1994.

What was the Seahawks’ best one-year turnaround in history?

The 1993 team’s improvement of four wins represents the Seahawks’ biggest one-year turnaround, though it has also been matched on two other occasions.


Led by quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the 2004 team won the NFC West with a 9-7 record and then did themselves four better in 2005, finishing 13-3 with the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The season ended in heartbreaking fashion when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seahawks to capture Super Bowl XL in a game marred by some questionable officiating calls.

The most recent four-game turnaround came in 2012. In 2011, the Seahawks won the NFC West despite a losing record of 7-9. Then, they grabbed Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 draft. Wilson won a quarterback competition in training camp and started all 16 games to lead Seattle to an 11-5 record.