Seahawks Fire Bob Whitsitt

Seahawks Team President Bob Whitsitt has been fired by Paul Allen. In a brief press conference, Allen cited the team's performance, internal dynamics, the team's free-agent situation, and his obligation to do what is in the best interests of the team.

SEATTLE -- In a major change in the organization's power structure, Seahawks Team President Bob Whitsitt has been fired by Paul Allen, the team's owner - on the same day that Seattle VP Ted Thompson was hired by Green Bay as general manager. In a brief press conference this morning, Allen cited the team's performance, internal dynamics, the team's free-agent situation, and his obligation to do what is in the best interests of the team. "I decided to take a change of direction and bring in somebody with a deep background in football to run the football side of the organization," Allen said. "I didn't take it lightly at all, but felt it's what is needed for the franchise."

Whitsitt served as the Seahawks' president for eight years and helped negotiate the purchase and development of Qwest Field and the hiring of Mike Holmgren as head coach. He is the former president and general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers, also owned by Allen.



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