Check out John Czarnecki’s article 10 buring questions this offseason. In the article, you may notice that he mentions that Paul Allen sided with Tim Ruskell in not offering Holmgren a contract extension.
Now Holmgren has lead us all to believe that he wanted to step down. I tend to believe him too because his mentor Bill Walsh is often cited as saying no coach should be with a team more than 9 years. This could be just another manifestation of this perceived rift between Holmgren and Ruskell because of Holmgrens stripped powers. Personally, I think that the national media really wants their to be this sort of inner power struggle. It makes the Seahawks more interesting to them. What I see, granted it is from the outside looking in, is that Ruskell appreciates and respects Holmgren I also think Holmgren trusts and respects Ruskell. Does he secretly think he could do a better job? Probably. But that is his enormous, walrus sized ego. The same one that has helped turn him from a high school teacher to a HOF NFL coach.