Ranking every Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback ever

The Seahawks have had some great, good, bad, and ugly quarterbacks over the years. Here is every starting quarterback in Seahawks history.
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6. Jon Kitna

The Seahawks discovered Jon Kitna by accident. After Kitna finished his career at Central Washington University, he did a favor for his receiver, Bryce Erickson, who was having a workout for his uncle and Seahawks head coach Dennis Erickson. During the workout, Erickson ended up being enamored with Kitna and signed him to a practice squad contract.

In 1996, Kitna remained on the practice squad and was never elevated. In 1997, Kitna was allocated to the World League of American Football, where he dominated the league. Seattle recalled Kitna to the roster, where he served as a backup for the remainder of the season. In 1998, Kitna got his first start as a Seahawk, passing for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns, earning AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Kitna continued to impress in 1998, finishing the season with five starts. He led the Seahawks to a 3-2 record after throwing for 1,177 yards and 7 touchdowns. By 1999, Kitna was the starter for Seattle. In October, Ktna was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month after going 3-1, throwing for seven touchdowns and only two interceptions.

Kitna finished the season going 8-7 in games he started and led the Seahawks to an AFC West crown. Kitna threw for 3,346 yards and 23 touchdowns to finish the season.

In 2000, Kitna had a miserable start to the season and was eventually replaced by Brock Huard for a few games. He ended up starting 12 games in the season, going 6-6. Kitna's production fell down to 2,658 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions. The 2000 season spelled the end of Kitna's career in Seattle. Kitna was 18-16 as a starter.

5. Jim Zorn

Jim Zorn was the first Seahawks quarterback ever. Before Seattle's inaugural season, Zorn was signed to a contract following a short stint with the Dallas Cowboys in 1975. Zorn was entrusted to be the starting quarterback for the new expansion team.

In his rookie season, Zorn found an immediate connection with future Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent. Although Seattle went 2-12 in their first season and Zorn threw 27 interceptions, Zorn was named AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year. Seattle was cautiously optimistic despite the abysmal record and the interceptions due to Zorn's connection with Largent.

That optimism paid off as Zorn, from 1978-1980, threw for three straight 3,000-yard seasons. Zorn was third in MVP and Offensive Player of the Year voting in 1978, earning second-team All-Pro honors.

Zorn played a large part in ushering the Seahawks into the NFL. He served as the primary quarterback for Steve Largent's Hall of Fame career. Zorn was also a precursor to the modern mobile quarterback, as he was a proficient scrambler and frequently tucked the ball and ran. His three straight 3,000-yard seasons were a franchise record until Matt Hasselbeck broke it in 2005. As a starter, Zorn was only 40-60, but he was one of the most important and influential quarterbacks in team history.