The folks at ProFootballWeekly.com report that Seahawks G.M. Tim Ruskell needs a strong performance down the stretch to keep his job beyond the 2009 season.
We’re not so sure, however, that the decision to part ways with Ruskell hasn’t already been made. Indeed, he’s in the final year of his contract, and there has been no talk at all of giving him an extension.
Meanwhile, Mike Holmgren’s shadow has been looming over the team for several weeks, with increasing rumors that he wants to return in a Parcells-type role.
We’ve recently pointed out that some league insiders believe Holmgren could return sooner rather than later, and we think PFW was referring to our item in that regard by mentioning “a recent widely circulated Internet report” in this regard, but we can’t be sure because PFW opted for the old-school hunt-and-peck don’t-name-the-site newspaper journalist approach.
Bottom line? The Seahawks have been horrible the past two years, and someone needs to be accountable for it. In this regard, the fact that Holmgren would be regarded as an attractive option seems a bit odd, since he arguably bears some of the accountability. He was, after all, the coach through last season.
Still, if owner Paul Allen decides he wants Holmgren, the team might need to make that “dramatic departure” from the way it normally does business and clear out a spot for Holmgren in the near future. Otherwise, Holmgren might decide to take a job with the Browns.