Dan Quinn returns to the Seahawks as defensive coordinator, replacing Gus Bradley, who leaves to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quinn had been the Seahawks' defensive line coach in 2008 and 2009 before spending two seasons as the defensive coordinator at University of Florida. In the past two seasons under Quinn, the Seahawks have led the NFL in average points and yards allowed.
A splash of pre-Hawaii Pro Bowl comes to the Kingdome as Seattle hosts the NFL's all-star game before a record crowd of 63,214. The AFC wins 24-14 as player-of-the-game Mel Blount intercepts two passes, including one in the end zone; Ken Anderson passes for two touchdowns; and O.J. Simpson runs for a third. But the Seahawks do not have a representative in the game, as Steve Largent becomes the franchise's first Pro Bowl player in 1978.