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Joe Seahawk
01-14-2005, 04:11 PM
Ted Thompson to Green Bay, Team president Bob Whitsett $hitcanned..


I am glad to see Whitsett go, sorry to see Thompson leave, but he got a GM job with the Packers so I can't blame him..

http://www.seahawks.com/ardisplay.aspx?ID=5121

beavis
01-14-2005, 04:27 PM
You mean your front office is held accountable? What's up with that? :banghead:

crossbow
01-14-2005, 05:46 PM
You mean your front office is held accountable? What's up with that? :banghead:

Yeah, that was the shortest "5 year" plan in NFL history and Carl Peterson's is the longest.

KCChiefsFan88
01-14-2005, 06:04 PM
What the hell, Seattle and Green Bay both make the playoffs and still change GMs, yet King Carl survives a 6th non-playoff season in the last 7 seasons.

:banghead:

whoman69
01-14-2005, 06:34 PM
What the hell, Seattle and Green Bay both make the playoffs and still change GMs, yet King Carl survives a 6th non-playoff season in the last 7 seasons.

:banghead:
and 16 years without coming close to the SB

Ari Chi3fs
01-14-2005, 07:48 PM
and 16 years without coming close to the SB


come on man, Joe Montana, helped us sniff it way back in Jan 1994.

Joe Seahawk
01-14-2005, 08:08 PM
Paul Allen sounded like he wants to go after a big name.. Perhaps Ron Wolfe? Who knows.. He has the money to pay whoever he wants.. No pesky cap rules to stop him..

Joe Seahawk
01-15-2005, 01:47 AM
GAWD! I'm glad this clown is history.. What an absolute moron. He gave this interview 3 days ago when he thought he was the untouchable hero of the organization.. Little did he know he was about to be FIRED!! ROFL Never mess with the "Big Show"

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Whitsitt was unusually candid 3 days before firing

By CLARE FARNSWORTH
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

KIRKLAND -- Bob Whitsitt was at Seahawks headquarters Thursday, apparently oblivious to what was in the works.

Yesterday, oblivious became oblivion. Whitsitt was fired after eight seasons as the club's president.

In announcing Whitsitt's termination -- from the team, as well as his even longer association with Paul Allen -- the Seahawks owner reiterated during a telephone interview that the move was made in the best interests of the team and its future.

"This is not about particular interpersonal dynamics," Allen said. "I have to look at the whole landscape, the expertise of different people involved and ask myself, 'What can I do to improve the future prospects of the franchise?'

"Those decisions are not decisions I take lightly at all. They are very tough and critical decisions. I just felt this was the decision I had to make."

Whitsitt couldn't be reached for comment.

But in a one-on-one discussion with the P-I on Tuesday, he touched on several situations that will help decide whether he is slotted closer to Ken Behring or John Nordstrom in the team's turbulent 29-year history.


His role in keeping the Seahawks in Seattle by influencing Allen to purchase an option to buy the team:

"They won't be here today if I didn't work on it," he said. "Not that I was the guy. But I've still got the press release where I was having the press conference to say that Paul has withdrawn. It was Easter Sunday, and I talked him into it. He was going to Japan. I'm home on Easter Sunday, convincing Paul, 'Let me not do that press conference.' We got far enough with the politicians, and he didn't like the vibe. He said, 'We're done.' And when he's done, he's done. I said, 'Give me until you come back from Japan. I'm going down there (Olympia) and I've got an idea where you negotiate an option.' Then we got the whole year to work with the politicians. Long story short, he said, 'OK.' I went down there and got it done in a week."


His role in bringing Mike Holmgren to the Seahawks in 1999 as coach and general manager, despite Whitsitt's earlier statements that he did not want to hire one person to fill both jobs:

"I hired Mike Holmgren. Paul Allen didn't even know who he was. I got (Mike) to come back on a 32-hour trip to have dinner at Paul's house the night before we announced it. Because Paul agreed he should at least met the guy before we do it. And it was important for Mike's ego. It was all me. I did the money, which was massive. So nobody wants him to succeed more than me, because it's on my report card."


His relationship with Holmgren:

"We get along great. ... Two years ago, I took his GM stuff away from him. Which he wasn't doing anyway. I know he can coach. But I've got to get him energized. I've got to get him working a little harder. It was a little bit of a hiccup. Did he want it to happen? No. But we got through that."


His perception of the team having 16 players who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in March, with Whitsitt drawing heat for not getting one or two of them re-signed before or during the season:

"We'll figure out who we want to target and we'll come out with nailing a pretty good plan, I'm sure. But let me flip it the other way. Let's pretend that we loaded them all up last year with big contracts and you have a monster payroll, you're monster tapped out on the cap, and have a very mediocre team. If all these free agents are so good, and Paul has to write that big a check, why haven't we won a playoff game in six years?"