The Seahawks will introduce John Schneider as the team’s new general manager this morning. He’s a candidate that slipped under the radar for most of us in the media over the last month or so as the team searched for a person to fill the role left vacant by Tim Ruskell’s departure.
However, Schneider is likely a person the Seahawks considered all along. Schneider fits nicely in the team’s new job description as a general manager. He has a varied background in both college scouting along with working with other teams on possible free agent or trade scenarios.
He’s known as a good talent evaluator, which the Seahawks sorely need as they move forward. With all the expected changes the organization will undergo for a second straight season, they need a fresh set of eyes to objectively evaluate which players will stay and which will go as the team moves forward.
He has an easy-going demeanor yet isn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes in, which should help him in the collaborative process with head coach Pete Carroll in managing personnel.
And most importantly, because of Schneider’s work with Green Bay, an organization that focuses heavily on developing talent through the draft, and with Seattle holding three of the first 40 picks in the draft, this year’s draft class will be particularly important in order for the team to upgrade its talent base.
In particular, with 2010 likely being a capless year, limiting Seattle’s ability to grab top-shelf talent through free agency, the Seahawks likely will lean even more heavily on the draft.
This interview of Schneider provides some personal background info. He’s married with two boys. He’s oldest son, Ben, has autism. He grew up a fan of legendary running back Walter Payton, emulating his style of play as a running back growing up. And although he’s from Wisconsin, he wanted a chance to run his own operation and put his stamp on a franchise. Seattle offers that opportunity.
ESPN’s John Clayton talks about the hire with ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock and Salk in this audio link.
Tony Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel summarizes Schneider’s tenure in Green Bay.