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Seahawks got what they deserved

Posted on: December 3, 2009 5:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell resigned Thursday when he saw the handwriting on the wall that he was going to get fired after the season.

The Seahawks got what they deserved by hiring Ruskell.

It should have been Ron Hill's job.

Hill, who had been the GM in Atlanta before the team brought in Rich McKay over him, interviewed for the Seattle position. When he got back from that trip, Hill thought he had a real chance to get the job. But McKay instead recommended Ruskell at the 11th hour, after Ruskell initially said he wasn't interested.

Ruskell interviewed and, thanks in large part to the McKay recommendation, which then held a lot of clout, Ruskell got the job.

Hill was later fired by the Falcons -- at McKay's request -- and has since worked in the league office.

Seattle blew it. Hill is a good football man. It was his job. The Seahawks got what they deserved.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2009 12:14 am

Seahawks got what they deserved

I still don't understand what made Ron Hill so much better than Ruskell? And as far as I am concerned, the seahawks can hire or fire whoever the heck they want, the only thing they deserve is the result of the team they put out on the field, not whether they got the "good" football man or not, that's stupid. Now if they ended up wacking ron hill in the face with a golf club, that's another story (i saw golf club because they are all old,rich and probably belong to country clubs).

Besides, Ruskell made some big moves for the seahawks prior to their superbowl season, like the drafting of leroy hill and lofa tatupu, two players who would be key contributors. They signed joe jurevicious that offseason i believe also, who ended up being hasslebeck's favorite 3rd down/red zone target that year, along with jerramy stevens.

So no, they don't deserve having two really bad injury plagued seasons, because they didn't hire some random dude i barely have even heard about, and it may have been a good things as now it opens the door to a great football mind, mike holmegren.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 10:53 pm

Seahawks got what they deserved

I agree but...come on're a professional journalist.  I don't care if you want to call that a blog or a professional article, that was just garbage.  You and freeman both really need to learn how to contribute some meaningful material to this site.  You both suck.  You guys should start learning from your cohorts Knobler for articles and Burkholder for blogs.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 9:27 pm

Seahawks got what they deserved

Dude, you are lucky that your team drafted a mighty Cal Bear running back. Justin Forsett, JJ Arrington, and Marshawn Lynch are off the hook! Soon we will see Jahvid Best in that same group. I like Frank Gore, but the 49ers never drafted a Cal running back. They have always gone the Stanford route...but if they draft Toby Gerhart next year I would not be upset. But still...even draft gurus make mistakes. Who ever thought that Jerry Rice would be the greatest wide receiver of all time. Bill Walsh was an astute judge of talent, but I''m sure that he never guessed that Rice would be THAT good!

What I am trying to say if I haven't already is that if Ruskell had drafted one superstar that he would still have a job. But he didn't so he got canned! I can forgive him for overpaying for aging and injured veterans and primadonnas. but the key to any teams success is in the draft.
I mjust add that I have never head of Ron Hill either. He must be some loser on par with Ron Prince. I have to say that this article by Prisco although interesting is not as good as what I am used to reading from him. Oh wait. He doesn't write anything good. Lol!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 9:19 pm

Seahawks got what they deserved

You said it right, Prisco! Rich McKay is a bad person and football exc. He ruined the Raiders, Bucanneers, Falcons and now the Seahawks. Let that be a lesson that just becuase someone speaks highly of another person make sure you investigate that person making the recommendation. In most cases the guys is just saying anything to get rid of someone. If Ruskell was not hired by Seattle. He would gotten McKay's job. At the very least he would have bugged the heck out of McKay. Speaking of which...where in the world is Rich McKay now? Is he somewhere ruining another fine football program at the collegiate level? I know that he has been blacklisted from the NFL. Let this be a lesson to everyone..that just because a person' father was a great athlete coach or executive does not neccessarily mean that their sons will be as successful...Recent examples....John McKay and his son Rich...Dick Nolan and his son Mike. No, I'm not picking on the 49ers. They are my home team. I'm just saying that people should never hire a guy simply because their fahter was outstanding....because often times sons do not take after their fathers. Thanks goodness for that!

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:54 pm

Seahawks got what they deserved

McKay obviously wanted one of his own guys as GM, and he picked a pretty good one in Dimitroff, it would seem.  Most people wouldn't complain about that, unless they had personal ties to the guy that got tossed out on his butt (like Ron Hill's family, for example).

Maybe Ron Hill would have been better than Ruskell.  But maybe he wouldn't have.  Who knows?

Why don't we put the blame where it belongs: injuries, and under-performance.  How many Seattle players were injured?  Quite a few on defense, Matt Hasselback, and Julius Jones (though Forsett played great in his absence).

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:11 pm

Seahawks got what they deserved

And bonadrag, Ruskell had this coming.  His drafting has been okay at best.  He threw money at marginally talented veteran backs and got nothing.  Their best runner is a sixth round pick who spent time as a free agent (not that there's anything wrong with that; I liked Forsett since college).  He presided over the Branch "trade," alhthough I use the term loosely because traditionally you get some good production when you trade away a first round draft pick.  He let Hutchinson go, and has failed to add depth on their offensive line so now that Jones is gone they are seriously short on talent there.  Indeed, I think last year's draft was the most solid they've had in a while.  Curry was a safe pick and will be excellent within a couple of years at the latest and they got that interior lineman from Oregon, Unger I think, which was an area of need.  Too little too late it seems. 

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:04 pm

Seahawks got what they deserved

I'm a Niners fans and still think this is a little harsh.  What did Hill have over Ruskell?  It's kind of sad how the Seahawks got screwed; they were a well run franchise for a good while.  This goes to show what bad executives can do to your team.  As Niners fans we're still paying the consequences of bad front office work nearly five years after we started making decent decisions again.  Still, Seattle should be fine if they get Holmegren on board.  He's a better choice than Ron Hill.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2009 7:38 pm

Seahawks got what they deserved

Terrible article. I can only guess Hill is a friend of Priscos. He gives zero reasons why Hill is a "good football man". He inadvertently gives multiple reasons why he might not be considered such a good football guy though.

As a Bills fan, who has suffered through countless bone-headed drafts, I was really impressed with Seattle's drafting before this season. They also went out and signed TJ, which was a great move. Seattle has problems, but I don't know if it's the GM's fault here. The coaches and players might be more to blame.

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2009 7:12 pm

Seahawks got what they deserved

Wow Prisco, how insightful. That really gives us a lot to work with...
What an idiot. How this guy keeps his job at CBS is beyond me.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 6:46 pm

Seahawks got what they deserved

So... what's Ron Hill doing now?  Working in the league office?  Wow, it sure sounds like teams were beating down his door.

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