The Best Rookie Quarterback In Seattle Seahawks History


The Seattle Seahawks came into the NFL as an expansion team in 1976. They had a rough go of it for their first few years, but then had a nice run in the 1980s, including making it to the AFC Championship Game once. Though they have not yet won a Super Bowl, they did make it to the big game as the NFC representative in the mid 2000s, only to be defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Seahawks have had some decent quarterbacks over the years, including one that ended up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Warren Moon). Many of them though have been free agents that have been brought in from other teams. Who though is the best rookie quarterback in Seattle Seahawks history?

The first quarterback the Seahawks ever had was Jim Zorn. Zorn did not have a lot to work with back in 1976, his rookie season, but he was still able to throw for 2,571 yards and start all 14 games during the 1976 season. He completed just 274 of 486 passing attempts for a 47.4 completion percentage and his interceptions outnumbered his touchdowns 27 to 12.

Seattle also has had a handful of other rookie quarterbacks who have all gotten to start at least some games during their first season too. These included players like Steve Myer (1977), Kelly Stouffer (1988), Dan McGwire (1991), Jon Kitna (1997), and Brock Huard (2000).

The best performance in a rookie season ever by a Seahawks quarterback though would had to have happened in 1993. First round draft pick Rick Mirer, out of the University of Notre Dame, started all 16 games for the Seahawks that season. He completed 274 of 486 passing attempts for a completion percentage of 56.4, amassed 2,833 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. The talent level around Mirer, especially on the offensive line, was questionable at that time and that was shown by the 47 times he was sacked that season (an average of almost three times a game).

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