Tim Ruskell's Resignation: Seattle Seahawks Must Avoid Knee-Jerk Hire

Zachary HabnerCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2009

KIRKLAND, WA - FEBRUARY 06:  Team president Tim Ruskell (L) and CEO Tod Leiweke of the Seattle Seahawks address the media during a press conference announcing that Seahawks' assistant coach Jim Mora will take over as head coach in the 2009 season, on February 6, 2008 at Seahawks Headquarters in Kirkland, Washington. Holmgren will coach the team in 2008.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Today, 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 the successor to the only GM to help lead the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, although opinions may vary on how it was done.

The rumor mill has churned out many different names to replace Ruskell. But the obvious choice that has been whispered has been a reunion with beloved former head coach Mike Holmgren to help right the ship that has sailed off 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 last year.

I caution the Seahawks, however, in making 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 tenuous hire by searching for other options.

The Seahawks would be foolish to not offer this position to some of the greater current GMs 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 a team that has lacked one since the '05 season.

The possibility of bringing a championship to a city starved for success could be a lure for these GMs 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