Seattle Seahawks President of Football Operations and General Manager Tim Ruskell will reportedly announce his resignation on Thursday, ending a five-year tenure that started successfully but has seen the team’s fortunes on the field dramatically decline.
The Seahawks have scheduled a Thursday morning press conference, and Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times reports that Ruskell is expected to announce his resignation.
Rumors have been swirling that Ruskell could be on the way out and that former coach Mike Holmgren could be on the way in as the head of the team’s front office. A week and a half ago PFT’s Mike Florio reported that there was talk in league circles that the move could be made in the next week or two.
Ruskell was hired in February of 2005, and that year he drafted future starters including center Chris Spencer and linebackers Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill. With Ruskell running the personnel and Holmgren coaching, the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl after the 2005 season.
The Seahawks won the NFC West the next two seasons, but in 2008 they dropped to 4-12, and they’re 4-7 this year.
The Seahawks hired Ruskell in 2005 after he had spent a year as an assistant general manager of the Falcons under Rich McKay. Before that he spent 17 years in the scouting and personnel department of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Despite the successful 2005 draft and subsequent Super Bowl, Ruskell’s tenure will be remembered at least as much for personnel mistakes — such as losing guard Steve Hutchinson and signing running back Shaun Alexander to a huge contract — as for personnel successes.