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Holmgren to Seattle? It's a perfect fit

Posted on: December 3, 2009 2:29 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2009 8:37 am
Make way for Mike Holmgren.

With Tim Ruskell out of the picture, the stage is set for Holmgren's triumphant return -- and from where I sit it makes too much sense not to happen. Holmgren was loved in Seattle. He was successful there. He has a home there. He knows the team, and he hired the head coach as an assistant.

Holmgren promised his wife he would not return to football for a year and that this season belonged to her. Well, he lived up to that promise. But now the door is open, and you can bet the Seahawks will reach out to the most successful coach they've had -- only this time asking him to return as a president or acting GM.

I don't know that Holmgren goes back, but I do know there is no more ideal spot. Look, he was happy in Seattle as a head coach. He could be happy there again as the team president. I know he will be wooed by other clubs looking for direction, but I'd be shocked if he doesn't wind up here.
Category: NFL

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:09 pm

Holmgren to Seattle? It's a perfect fit

do you actually watch the seahawks play?  The coach is one of the lamest head coaches in the history of the franchise.  He wasn't that good in Atlanta, and he stinks here.  Holmgren needs to run like hell if they ask him to come back.

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 7:32 pm

Holmgren to Seattle? It's a perfect fit

THwhosyourmama-no way Gruden stays in the booth beyond 2010.  That thrill will def wear off and he'll be back where he belongs, although he's my fave MNF announcer since Dandy Don!

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 7:27 pm

Holmgren to Seattle? It's a perfect fit

The most important near term reason the Seahawks need Holmgren is finding, either through the draft, trade, free agency, their next QB.   My guess is the Seahawks sign Holmgren, they give Mora one more year to get it right and then bring in Holmgren"s best coaching protege-Jon Gruden- to take them and their new QB to the Promise Land.

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 7:23 pm

Holmgren to Seattle? It's a perfect fit

Thrilled to see Ruskell go but on the fence about Holmgren.  Part of me says he brought plenty of players that made the Super Bowl run but part of me says he still thinks the base West Coast offense is chic.  I would really like to see the Seahawks go in another direction with an outsider from a winning franchise.  Just look at the Seahawks physically, few of them even look NFL sized.  Just looking at Arizona and Minnesota in the past few weeks, their defensive front seven and offensive lines are BIGGER.  Ruskell tried the small, fast players and destroyed the team.  Get someone from a big defensive team like the Steelers, Giants, or Vikings and build a team on stength.  Get some meat on the team in the draft with Oline, Dline, and possibly big guys like Tebow and Gerhart to compliment Forsett's speed and tenacity.  I really only like watching Forsett, Unger, and Hasselbeck's corpse on this team.  Curry actually looks like he's smaller from college.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 6:34 pm

Offensive Line Priority

Ruskell should have been fired the first year after letting Hutchinson get away to the Vikings! Bonehead move for a so called professional!  Holmgren built that team that was so successful but losing Hutchinson started a slide that they haven't recovered from yet.  I agree with the defense's importance everyone is talking about here, but I firmly believe that you can build a great team without great skill players if you put your priority into the offensive line.  I can't recall any team in the past 40 years that was used with the adjetive "Great" that didn't have a great offensive line!  And there have been several mediocre QBs and running backs wearing Super Bowl rings they got by being behind a great o line.  Seattle has 3 picks in the first round and a half this year and I think two of them need to be O linemen. 

Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 6:28 pm

Holmgren to Seattle? It's a perfect fit

Holmgren was not that great as a GM. He was decent but not the god that it seems everyone is making him out to be.  Other, better people deserve the vacant position. Check out this link for Holmgrens record as Seattle GM: and then decide for yourself.

Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2009 6:22 pm

Holmgren to Seattle? It's a perfect fit

The Saints struggled when the team didn't have a defense.  They missed the playoffs consecutive years, was fourth in the NFC South last season behind the Panthers, Falcons, and Buccaneers.  They could put up points, but they couldn't stop anybody.  They were an incomplete team but they have developed into probably the best team in the NFL because they now have a good defense.  Bringing in Greg Williams, a respected defensive coordinator, to take over the defense was a move that turned an offensive team with a poor defense that couldn't make the playoffs into an undefeated team that is a top NFL contender.  Your example, using Sean Payton, is faulty because it actually works against itself.  Payton is another case study that shows a team with a great offense and a poor defense can't contend.  Defense wins championships; it is rare for a team to succeed with a good offense but terrible defense.  The Saints proved that.

A good offense has a lot of pressure to score repeatedly when their defense gives up points; an average offense, however, doesn't need to score as much if the defense can slow down the opposition.  In that way, building through the defense is not a bad idea.  Great teams have both, and that is why the Saints are great now.  But, you can win with an offense that doesn't put up huge numbers but plays with a defense that doesn't give up points.  It is harder to beat teams in a shoot out.  Holmgren has a point.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 5:25 pm

Holmgren to Seattle? It's a perfect fit

Dear ScaredHitless,
Don't talk about Gruden coming to Seattle. Mora is in his first year on a team that was 4-12 last season. They are 4-7 right now and Seattle likes him. He's not going anywhere. Gruden is not even in any conversation to come here. He just signed a multi-year contract with MNF and said its the "most fun I've had in years".
 Holmgren built the team up to 6 playoff appearances in 10 seasons including 4 straight division titles and a Super Bowl appearance. The strength of those teams were Hasselbeck, Walter Jones, Steve Hutchinson, and Shaun Alexander...all offensive players. That 2005 Super Bowl team was #1 in scoring offense and #2 in total offense. They were 16th in total defense. 

You don't know what your talking about on how to build an NFL franchise. Tell Sean Payton you have to build a team with defense. Please keep quiet from now on.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2009 5:03 pm

Holmgren to Seattle? It's a perfect fit

Holmgren once said he realized he built the Seahawks backwords.  If one is to rebuild a team they need to go defense first and then bring on the offense.  He initially tried to build the offense with no real idea about the defensive side of the ball.  I believe he could come in and either work with Mora or better yet bring in Gruden and then hire an assistant GM who really has an eye for defense. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 4:38 pm

Are you kidding?

Have you looked at Holmgren's draft record?  Yes, he brought in some very good players, but pretty much any pick past #20 in the first room was a bust.

If Holmgren comes back, I really, really hope he learned from his mistakes.

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