I want to thank you for your years in Seattle, particularly the '05 Super Bowl team. That team is the reason I ever got extensively into football. Now, I'm following not only the Seahawks, but the NFL, analyzing players and scouting the draft class.
I even started playing in seventh grade after that season, and now I'm playing Quarterback for my high school, and fought injuries to climb up the depth chart and I finished out the season as the starter.
This is how you have reached out to me, and there are a million other stories about how you've put a smile on the face of a Seattleite, even if you didn't know about it.
But the 'Hawks need someone else.
The Seahawks need fresh blood. A GM who is young, driven, and hungry for their shot at being the top dog.
The 'Hawks need a guy who can not only draft well, but evaluate pro talent both on their team and other teams well.
The Seahawks have been behind the eight ball in the NFL for their entire existence. The West Coast Offense isn't what it used to be.
I hate to use this analogy, but Seattle needs a Jack Zduriencik for football.
The Mariners are the gold standard on how to run a baseball team, and are way ahead of the curve. They are the first organization to successfully combine old school scouting, with new school statistics.
The Seahawks have the chance to do the same. They need to bring in a GM who excels at evaluating professional and collegiate talent, and then team him up with a department of Ivy League number crunchers.
The Seahawks can be the first NFL team to actively measure reaction times, have DB's backpedal the 40, study how a certain player type ages(try to predict injuries), ability to sustain a block, accuracy of hand placement for D and O lineman as well as DB's, vision of QB's...
You get the idea.
Mike, you're just not that guy, and I hope you understand. I also hope you understand that you are the greatest coach this city has seen, and should be inducted into the Seahawks Hall of Fame, as well as THE Hall of Fame.
And if our teams could meet twice in the Super Bowl, and we split, I'd be just fine with that.