Should The Seattle Seahawks leave a door open for Holmgren?

Published on May 13, 2009 by     

former-head-coach-mike-holmgren-and-jim-zornMike Holmgren left the Seattle Seahawks five months ago, but it appears his shadow is going to linger over the organization for at least another year.

Though Holmgren always said he was only taking one season off and then would look at his options after stepping away from the Seahawks, this week’s news has made it crystal clear to every NFL team. The Big Show will be in play for every job opening in 2010 and his name will hang over any franchise pondering a change in either its head coach or general manager.

That situation rings loud in San Francisco, where the story is already getting play. But the question pertains to the Seahawks as well. Jim Mora surely will get more than one year to do his thing as head coach, but would owner Paul Allen be interested in bringing Holmgren back as general manager?

Holmgren didn’t exactly cross the Seahawks off his shopping list during a KJR-AM radio interview Tuesday, which has already led ESPN.com’s Mike Sando to raise the question of whether such an idea might fly.

Tim Ruskell is entering the final year of his contract as Seahawks’ president/GM, so this one will be ripe for speculation until or unless someone steps up and quashes it.

My thoughts. Ruskell has done a marvelous job this offseason in putting the pieces together for a Seahawks’ rebound season. He also was in charge of the front office when Seattle went to the Super Bowl in 2005.

But Ruskell has made mistakes as well, Steve Hutchinson being Exhibit A. The Deion Branch trade has been disappointing and his previous first-round draft picks have been mediocre at best — Chris Spencer, Kelly Jennings and Lawrence Jackson.

Holmgren was far from perfect in his own GM attempts, which is why the Seahawks took those duties away four years into his dual role. He hit big on the trade for Matt Hasselbeck and drafting of Shaun Alexander, missed on Chris McIntosh and Lamar King, took chances on Koren Robinson and Jerramy Stevens.

In other words, like every GM in any sport, both Ruskell and Holmgren have had mixed results with their major decisions. But the big picture is the only fair way to judge general managers and it should be noted the Seahawks have had the best run of playoff success in franchise history in recent years and both men can take credit for that.

If the Seahawks fall on their faces again in the coming season and decide Ruskell’s time is up, I’d love to see Holmgren get another shot to work in Seattle. He’s a smart football mind, a wonderful guy and an integral part of the franchise’s history.

But in the end, my hunch is Holmgren really is going to want to return to coaching and there will be more alluring — and fresher — opportunities that intrigue him elsewhere.

Sometimes it’s just time to move in new directions and ultimately that seems like the decision that will be made by both Holmgren and the Seahawks.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

tempcst_K2V8670--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Seahawks Receivers room is packed full

It’s getting crowded on the sidewalk. After fighting off the label of being a “pedestrian” group last season, the ...
HPv9A.AuSt.5

Youth not a burden for Pete Carroll

When the NFL draft lights go out, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll picks up the phone. Just thinking about ...
1cdoa9.AuSt.5

Seahawks draft for the 2 P’s: passion, perseverance

Last week, coach Pete Carroll came up with the term “gritty” to describe the kind of player the ...
AP167044948598-480x319

Seahawks take fullback Kiero Small with their final draft pick

The Seahawks used pick No. 229 to draft Arkansas fullback Kiero Small in the seventh round. Get this: Small ...
c3502f36-4f0b-4f27-9327-c4b03b0fdd9a_800

Richardson: ‘I figured it out when the general manager called me’

Here’s what Paul Richardson had to say: (On where is he at right now….) “I’m California right now with ...
7efb6d24-c022-4fd8-ae10-2f3bcaf8d8b7_800

Britt: ‘If nasty is the word you want to use, then I’m nasty’

Here’s what new Seahawks lineman Justin Britt, whom Tom Cable said will compete right away at right tackle ...
140508schneider600

Seahawks trade first-round draft choice to Vikings

The Seahawks traded out of the final pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday ...
140506udfa600

The Seahawks have been very good to rookie free agents

Despite having one of the best and deepest rosters in the NFL, the Seahawks have become a good ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz