It was a controversial move at the time, when after the 2007 season the Seattle Seahawks and Tim Ruskell announced that the 2008 season would in fact be Mike Holmgren's last season, and that they hired Jim Mora, Jr. to be the next head coach.
I remember at the time, thinking to myself, "WOW can they really do that, isn't there a proper procedure they have to follow?"
Then I thought, "OK this is Tim Ruskell's way of making sure that there is no way that the future HOF coach would not stick around, basically a nice way of saying get out, your not welcome here anymore, your way is not my way and I don't want you around anymore." Harsh words right, well think about it.
Holmgren changed how things were done in Seahawks football. We went from non contenders each year, a total after thought in our own city, to an elite team that was always in contention. We went to a Super Bowl in 2005 and we even got a new stadium.
For all of that, he didn't even get the chance to stay and turn around the 4-12 season, given the chance, I know just from his resume that he would have.
When the 2008 season started the writing was on the wall, players saw it, the media saw it, and even us fans saw it. The media speculated on how it would affect the team and the season, I even heard a player say that, "why would you want to listen to a guy who will not even be here next season?"
The question was asked on how would it affect the 2008 season. I know injuries devastated the Seahawks, but there were times that it just appeared that the team was ready for the 2009 season.
Who knows if the early announcement before the season started that Ruskell was already looking forward to the 2009 season. So did it affect how some players played? So, if you ask me, it was just down right dirty on how they treated the future HOF who took the Seahawks to a Super Bowl.
I like Mora, Jr. please don't misunderstand me, but I just believe a man like Holmgren deserves to be treated with a lot more respect than what Ruskell gave him.
Now comes Ruskell's best off season, and a new head coach in Mora, who I believe will do great things in Seattle. I will wait for three seasons to pass before I give judgement on when it truly is no longer Holmgren's players before I can truly say, "good job Ruskell," only time will tell if this is the right direction.
As for Holmgren's next stop, mark my words, in January 2010 we will be seeing a press conference that no Seahawks fan will enjoy, because there is only one coaching job that would get Mike Holmgren to coach in the NFL again, and that is to be the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
It is his dream job, that is something that he has mentioned before, and who can blame him for it. The 49ers ownership has been buying it's time (sorry Mike Singletary) waiting for Mike Holmgren.
I hope Ruskell is ready for this, because now it is his team to run, that is something that he has wanted for the last several years. It's weird on how that Mike is gone, and all of a sudden Ruskell is making great moves that are blowing people away, maybe if he would've put this kind of effort in all along we would have a SB ring by now.
He reminds me of a player in a contract year, kinda like Shaun Alexander. It's amazing on what you can do when your butt is on the line.
Anyway, no matter what has happened, I will always be a die hard Seahawks fan, and I am looking forward to a great 2009 season and beyond.
Thank you all for reading and I hope that you guys enjoyed reading my first ever article here on the Bleacher Report.