So the Seahawks are now officially looking for a new GM. It wasn't really surprising in all honesty. The franchise could have stopped all the rampant speculation of the last few weeks by simply giving Ruskell a vote of confidence - and a new deal. When they chose not to, the writing was virtually on the wall.
But here's the truth - the situation is a complete mess. It's a shambles. Allowing a GM to hand pick his own coaching staff with one year left on his contract - and then watching him walk out the door before week 13 - is simply unacceptable. Any new GM that arrives now is going to either have to work with the current staff, or initiate a mass exodus. Neither situation is attractive, but that's what we're faced with.
Of course, there is the quote from CEO Tod Leiweke today: "We will not join them. They are going to join us." I don't know about anyone else, but I want the new GM to have as much control as possible. I don't think a case where he sneaks in through the back door represents anything other than a switching of the deck chairs on the Titanic. Tim Ruskell could quickly become a scapegoat for a franchise living with dellusions of grandeur.
Someone in the organisation must grab the bull by the horns and make a decision here. It may even be a tough one. But right now this franchise is going nowhere fast. The offense is impotent, severely lacking game winning play makers whilst relying heavily on ageing veterans. The defense is over rated, but also thoroughly expensive. A number of the key components are 'Ruskell guys' on big contracts and the new GM will have to deal with that.
Overall this is not a good time for a new man to come in. For that reason, it's important they have as much control as possible because make no mistake - there won't be many tougher challenges in the NFL than righting this ship.