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Report: Ruskell resigning as Seahawks' GM

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.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports tweets that Ruskell asked his bosses about his future and was told that owner Paul Allen won’t bring him back. Pro Football Weekly had a similar report over the weekend.

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.

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7 Responses to “Report: Ruskell resigning as Seahawks' GM”
  1. mustbechris says: Dec 3, 2009 4:57 AM

    glad to know i’m not the only person who doesnt sleep at night.

  2. VASeahawk says: Dec 3, 2009 5:41 AM

    Early Christmas present from Paul Allen. It’s just what I wanted! Thank you Mr. Allen

  3. Buck Stallion says: Dec 3, 2009 5:51 AM

    With all of Allen’s $, can’t he get a proven GM? Why hire a guy that you already fired?

  4. Browns_fan_in_therapy says: Dec 3, 2009 7:17 AM

    “Ruskell’s tenure will be remembered at least as much for personnel mistakes…”
    Perfect. That means Randy Lerner is on his plane right now heading to Seattle to make Mr. Ruskell the head of the Browns’ organization.
    No need to interview anyone else. That process seemed to worked out great when hiring the head coach.

  5. Dug says: Dec 3, 2009 7:59 AM

    Technically, Holmgren was not fired from the GM postition. The duties were removed because he was have some difficulty handling both the coaching and GM duties. He was consulted and ” voluntarily” step down as GM.

  6. SF Saints Fan says: Dec 3, 2009 9:41 AM

    I don’t follow the Seahawks all that much, but have they had more injuries the last couple of years than just about any team in football? And somehow is that the fault of the GM?
    On the Shaun Alexander contract, I think all NFL teams have to be put on notice, if they have not realized it yet, that paying just about any RB his second or third contract is likely to be a poor decision and cost the team. Very few RB’s last more than 4-5 years as the feature back with any team. They can be found in the draft or even as rookie free agents or off the street. Just look at the Saints roster. A #2 overall pick who has underperformed – Bush, a guy who was a rookie free agent who has been a mini-beast – Thomas, and a cast off street free agent who can power into the line – Bell. Running Back by committee has it’s advantages and can be pretty cheap. If Bush does not sign an “extension” Saints can draft a scat back with speed to take his place in the middle rounds and keep on ticking.

  7. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 3, 2009 12:15 PM

    Yeah the Seahawks are instantly better.
    In addition to the wonderful Hutchinson and Alexander deals, Ruskell also orchestrated the amazing Deion Branch trade :rolleyes:

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