Yesterday, Seahawks President and General Manager Tim Ruskell announced his resignation, effective immediately. This move isn't very shocking, considering the Seahawks have been 27-32 since falling short in Super Bowl XL.
The Seahawks now face some uncharted territory: finding a successor for the only GM to oversee a Seahawks Super Bowl berth (though opinions vary wildly on how big his role was).
The rumor mill has churned out many different names to replace Ruskell, but the obvious choice that has been whispered would represent a reunion with a familiar figure. Many feel that beloved former head coach MIke Holmgren could right the ship that has sailed of course this season as the Seahawks are staring at an abysmal 4-7 record. The Seahawks are also coming of their worst season since 1992, with a record of 4-12 in 2008.
I caution the Seahawks, however, in naming Mike Holmgren the General Manager right away. Although many people believe he is the candidate that best replaces Ruskell, the Seahawks need to avoid this hasty hire by at least searching for other options.
The Seahawks would be foolish to not offer this position to some of the greater current GM's in the league, like Bill Polian of the Colts or Kevin Colbert of the Steelers. Although they are long-shot hires, this position could present another challenge for these already established GMs.
Seattle is a wonderful city, with one of the best owners in the league and a newly built tradition of winning. Another possible lure would be the opportunity to build the franchise from the ground up, possibly with the selection of a franchise quarterback in the upcoming draft. They have the opportunity to establish a much needed identity for this team that has lacked one since the '05 season.
The possibility of bringing a championship to city starved for success could be a lure for these GM's that have already brought them to their respective cities.
After all, stranger things have happened.
When it's all said and done, I would be surprised if the Seahawks are able to land any of these candidates, but the Seahawks would be foolish to wear blinders in the search for the new leader of their organization.