posted on Jan, 14 2005 @ 05:09 PM
The Seattle Seahawks fired Bob Whitsitt Friday as their president of football operations, on the same day Seahawks executive Ted Thompson was hired as
the new general manager in Green Bay.
Seattle owner Paul Allen said he made the decision in the best interest of the franchise.
"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 Seahawks president for eight years and helped negotiate the purchase and development of Qwest Field and the hiring of Mike Holmgren
as head coach.
Whitsitt is the former president and general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers, also owned by Allen.
Whitsitt is currently recovering from colon surgery to remove a growth.