Toronto, Canada – SEATTLE (Reuters) - Tim Ruskell resigned on Thursday as president and general manager of the Seattle Seahawks, saying the wins had not come quick enough for the struggling NFC West team.
The Seahawks were 4-12 in 2008 and are 4-7 this season. Since 2005, Seattle is 44-38, including the playoffs.
"And I understand that, in terms of the fans and ownership. But it wasn't because we didn't do it right. We're building it brick by brick and that will continue.
"Often, when you are rebuilding a pro franchise the last thing to come is the wins, if you're going to do it right, if you're not going to cut corners.
"And I believe that's going to be the case here."
The search has begun to find a successor for Ruskell, who was just weeks away from the end of his five-year deal with the Seahawks.
Seattle was 32-16 from 2005 through 2007 before falling on hard times.
"This isn't about necessarily giving up on the season," Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke said of the move made with five games remaining.
"This was a decision that was made on whether or not Tim's contract gets extended. Collectively, we decided that, no it wouldn't be and this was the right time to make the change."
(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington, Editing by Ian Ransom; To query or comment on this story firstname.lastname@example.org)