Saturday, February 12, 2005
The Seahawks have gained permission to speak to New England Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli about their team president vacancy.
(Seattle Times and Boston Globe)
While I've done a long case detailing Randy Mueller, I don't think I'll do one on Scott Pioli. The reason is because before this weekend I didn't think there would be a chance in hell that the Seahawks could land Pioli. Here's all you need to know about Pioli right now:
---3 World Championships in the last 4 seasons
But this piece of news got me to thinking about January 1999, when Mike Holmgren was hired. At the time, I would venture to guess that the majority of the Seahawks fanbase was shocked by the hiring of Holmgren, a Super Bowl champion just two years before coming to Seattle. Do I think Pioli is coming to Seattle? I don't see it, only because of his ties to Bill Belichick. However, since the Super Bowl, the Patriots have lost both their offensive and defensive coordinators (Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel), their chief operating officer Andy Wasynczuk (who left for a position at Harvard), and could possibly lose their defensive backs coach to take over the defensive coordinator job in Miami or Cleveland (Eric Mangini).
Stay tuned, because after all this time, maybe there was a reason why the Seahawks have waited until mid-February to hire a team president.
Edited at 9:45 a.m. Pacific
Sports and Bremertonians: No Respect 1/26/05
Sports and Bremertonians: Patriot Reign 1/28/05
CBS Sportsline: Patriots proving to be model franchise 12/3/03
Boston Globe: Pioli and Belichick a nice team 1/26/04
Boston Globe: Success gives Pioli staying power 2/5/05
Boston Herald: Pats spell it all out:Choose words wisely 2/6/05