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Report: Ruskell under the gun

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.

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12 Responses to “Report: Ruskell under the gun”
  1. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 27, 2009 9:19 AM

    Fueling the flames is the “300-pound gorilla,” as one team insider described him — former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren, whom many in Seattle are campaigning for to return to his old stomping grounds in a GM capacity.
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    It is viable enough to cite something other than: “a recent widely circulated Internet report.”

  2. dcfan-1212450 says: Nov 27, 2009 9:29 AM

    “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.”
    He lost his GM title years ago right. And since he lost it, team has been mediocre to bad. Then they promise Mora the head coach job before Holmgren leaves, ussering in a new coach before the old one leaves never makes for a good season. And these reasong might be exactly why we hear Holmgren to Seattle rumors. He may not hold any accountability for their mediocrity in the Seahawks eyes…

  3. KingJoe! says: Nov 27, 2009 9:31 AM

    Apparently Holmgren did not set them up for any long term success, so i would not buy into him too much. What a team needs is a leader with a vision, that is based less on trying to outsmart everyone and more about sticking to a simple plan. Too GM thinks they have to show they are in charge and the have a “new” way.

  4. Farves sweet Hair says: Nov 27, 2009 9:56 AM

    Wow have the seahawks turned into a pile of dung.

  5. TheDPR says: Nov 27, 2009 10:40 AM

    I can’t think of any good reason for bringing the guy who built the mess back into the building. They still have some good pieces and Mora isn’t a bad coach. Get them a decent GM, a good 2010 draft, and do something about that OL, and they’re a decent team again. They aren’t that far off that they need to blow it all up and start from scratch.

  6. cbrianwatkins says: Nov 27, 2009 10:48 AM

    ProFootballWeekly sucks ass

  7. ZombieRevolution says: Nov 27, 2009 11:15 AM

    “…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.”
    Right, because PFT has never been vague about sources or has used an unammed “league source” to support it accusations, right Florio?
    Sour grapes from PFT. ProFootball weekly has been around for what 40 years and has a pretty good reputation and having them mention PFT would have been good for circulation…

  8. DWat393 says: Nov 27, 2009 11:56 AM

    Florio, you are certainly not the only site to report that Holmgren might be returning to Seattle. Get over yourself and this silly business of claiming that anything anybody reports about is probably because of something you said. Not just in this report, but in general.
    This site is good, but I can guarantee you without a doubt in my mind that despite your best attempts to convince people otherwise, Pro Football Weekly has exponentially more credibility in the football industry than your site.

  9. FumbleNuts says: Nov 27, 2009 12:09 PM

    “Mike Holmgren’s shadow has been looming over the team for several weeks.”
    “The Walrus” would make a great GM.
    When he was the GM and coach at the same time it didn’t work out. GM ONLY with no other duties, and he will do a fine job for Seattle.

  10. wrath4771 says: Nov 27, 2009 12:22 PM

    I guess what I don’t understand is Holmgren already got to run the show once in Seattle and did a poor job. Why give him a second chance at that?

  11. pshrug says: Nov 27, 2009 3:03 PM

    Ruskell’s draft strategy has been awful. He’s neglected the gaping need the Seahawks have on the offensive line, and seems to believe Hasselbeck will be the starting QB until 2020. He also fumbled away Steve Hutchinson, which is one of the biggest reasons the Seahawks’ offense went straight into the tank after SB XL.
    Giving this guy two first-round draft choices next year should terrify all Seahawks fans.

  12. FumbleNuts says: Nov 27, 2009 3:13 PM

    wrath4771 says:
    November 27, 2009 12:22 PM
    I guess what I don’t understand is Holmgren already got to run the show once in Seattle and did a poor job. Why give him a second chance at that?
    What most Seahawk fans forgot…..Before Tim Ruskell replaced him at GM, Holmgren put together the core of the 2005 team that went to the Super Bowl in Detroit.

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