SEATTLE—The Seattle Seahawks have been a part of the sports fabric of the community since 1976 and this area is full of diehard fans. They want a winner and some believe the decision to fire Jim Mora was more about keeping the franchise relevant and still profitable.
Qwest Field on a Sunday afternoon you'll find Seahawks fans amped up. But, two consecutive losing seasons and that energy is zapped according to former Seahawk and current radio host Brock Huard at 710 ESPN Seattle.
"Momentum with the fan base and the direction the program is going, 4 and 12, 5 and 11, momentum does play a role in this," said Huard.
So, out with the ever so brief Jim Mora era and in with someone new to recharge the franchise batteries so says Seattle Sports Commission Executive Director Ralph Morton.
"It's part of our culture in Seattle. So, how the team goes, sometimes the spirit of Seattle goes," said Morton.
It's been just four years since the Hawks were Super Bowl bound and boasted a string of NFC West Champion banners. Now, they have no coach, general manager, or president of operations. Sports Radio 950 KJR host Ian Furness says the team has no direction.
"Ruskell's gone, Mora's gone, Mike Holmgren is gone as well. I think that's the most frustrating thing for Seahawks fans maybe more important not only that they lost Mike Holmgren but lost the other two guys. Now, it's a ship without a rudder," said Furness.
Qwest Field is the home of the 12th man, 67,000 fans pack themselves into the stadium to cheer on the Hawks. When the team wins it is good for local businesses. Ralph Morton says their recent struggles have been a big concern for some.
"When people are happy spirits are up, people are spending money. Ultimately, it's good for the community in so many different ways," said Morton.
Seattle should know the Sonics left town for Oklahoma City two years ago and businesses in Lower Queen Anne are still feeling that slam dunk.
The Hawks could steal a page from the Mariners and Sounders playbooks. The M's are contenders again and pro soccer was a huge success this season.
Brock Huard is optimistic about football's future here.
"I'm not one that believes you're going to be a decade of trouble, it's going to be a 5 year plan, doesn't work that way in the NFL. There's so much turn over, so much change," said Huard.
Now the fans just have to hang on believing this team and the energy it brings with it will bounce back.
Despite seeing a bunch of no shows at Qwest Field this season the money is still coming in for the Seahawks. Right now there is still a waiting list to get season tickets for next year. So, the string of sellouts at Qwest Field and no television blackouts will continue for now.