With the recent news of the Cleveland Browns showing interest in former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren as a potential candidate to run the team’s football operations, now that the general manger there has been let go, TNT columnist Dave Boling examines the possibilities of Holmgren returning to the Seahawks as the general manager.
Most of you who read the blog on a regular basis know the circumstances, but here’s a brief review. Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell is in the final year of a five-year deal with the team.
He made some moves in his first year that, along with existing talent on the roster, helped Seattle reach the Super Bowl. But Seattle has won just seven games in its past 24, and the team is 3-5 at the midpoint of this season where the stated goal was to return to the playoffs after a dismal, 4-12 campaign in 2008.
Although Ruskell has made some shrewd talent evaluations in the later rounds to pluck good players like linebackers Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill, and tight end John Carlson, his performance in the first round has been uneven. And many fans still hold him accountable for letting talented guard Steve Hutchinson get away to Minnesota.
The thinking by some is that Holmgren, who has taken a year break away from the game, could be snapped up by teams like Cleveland or Washington before the Seahawks make a decision to bring him back, if Holmgren is indeed the team’s choice to replace Ruskell if they do not re-sign him at the end of the year.
Boling examines all of the scenarios in today’s column. And he comes to this conclusion:
Despite the Super Bowl run and some early success, Ruskell doesn’t seem to have made a strong connection with the fans (see: Hutchinson, above). I don’t sense a swell of support, although that shouldn’t be a major factor ownership weighs.
Shortly before Holmgren finished up last season, I asked him what he was most proud of from his time with the Seahawks.
“There’s a couple things I feel good about,” he said. “One is how people view the Seahawks now.”
Yes, the Seahawks hadn’t been to the playoffs in 12 seasons when he got here. He coached them to a Super Bowl and four division titles. He helped fill Qwest Field. So the name Holmgren still sounds pretty good to most fans.
Maybe it’s too early. Maybe there’s still more evidence to be found to support Ruskell’s extension.
But if other teams are sniffing and putting together packages to lure him, the Seahawks honchos might need to start examining how they feel about inviting Mike Holmgren back to into the fold. The Seahawks running game has never gotten of the ground so far this season, so will they turn to air instead? If it means winning games, Mora says yes.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com reports that with the fans booing after the Seahawks got behind 17-0, Mora wanted to boo as well.
Clare Farnsworth offers this report from Mora’s Monday press conference, which includes cornerback Josh Wilson recapping is 61-yard interception return for the final score of the game.
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle offers up a few bright spots in Seattle’s come-from-behind win over the lowly Lions. Wyman: “They got the W! And never mind that this W was like an ugly golf shot. When you par a hole in golf, no one cares that you hit a shot that bounced off of two trees and a ‘Sani-Can!’ A par is a par and a win is a win.”
KJR’s Hugh Millen and Ian Furness break down the Seahawks game in this audio link.
The TNT’s John McGrath talks to KJR’s Gros and Gas about the Hawks’ win in this audio link.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says the Arizona Cardinals need to restore their home-field advantage. The Cardinals are 4-0 on the road, and 1-3 at home this season.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports that Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt wants his team to show more consistency.