Over at CBS Sports last night, Pete Prisco, known coast-to-coast as the guy some people vaguely acknowledge talks about sports sometimes, lays into the Seahawks for what appears to be a personal resentment. In the article, subtly titled "Seahawks Got What They Deserved," Prisco states that the Seahawks should have hired someone else, but then someone who dislikes him told them they should hire Ruskell, who they then interviewed and got the job. This is what we call a "hiring process."
A little background: Ron Hill was GM of Atlanta for a time, before Rich McKay was brought in above him. Hill interviewed for the Seahawks job and "thought he had a real chance" at the Seahawks gig. Rich McKay, however, suggested that Seattle interview Tim Ruskell, who interviewed and beat out Hill. Now, if you've ever interviewed anyone for a job ever, or been interviewed for a job ever, or watched a sitcom where anyone has ever been interviewed for a job, you would recognize that this is the sort fo thing that happens.
Hill was later fired by the Falcons, "at McKay's request," and has been working in the league office since then. Prisco finishes with:
Seattle blew it. Hill is a good football man. It was his job. The Seahawks got what they deserved.
This is utterly off-base. "It was his job." No. It was not his job. He wasn't ever promised anything or hired then fired. It was not his job. They brought in someone else who, lo and behold, was a better candidate. How do we know Ruskell was a better candidate? Two things: 1) he got the job; 2) Hill was fired and has been working for the league office. Not an NFL team. No one was chomping at the bit to hire Prisco's buddy back, so why would you think Seattle should have?
It's just one of the most idiotic articles I've read in months. It is clear by the tone (and the fact that Prisco knew Hill "thought he had a real chance") that Hill is a friend of Prisco's. Fine, be annoyed that your buddy wasn't hired, but don't act like it means anything. Don't hold a personal vendetta against the more qualified candidate. Don't act like the Seahawks have inflicted a grave wound on the moral fabric that guides the NFL. We don't do the Assclown of the Week anymore, but I think Pete Prisco is begging for us to bring it back... what say you?