Early in the press conference it was made pretty clear that new head coach Pete Carroll would have final say in any personnel matters between himself and new general manager John Schneider.
“If someday there’s a dispute between these guys and there’s a coin toss, were going to build the team around this man (Carroll) and the players,” said Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke. “And that was an important thing he signed on. Pete wins the coin toss.”
However, Schneider later downplayed the issue, saying that most coaches deserve that right and most general managers understand that you don’t want to cram a player down a coaches’ throat.
“You just talk through those things,” Schneider said. “It’s not quite as confrontational as people make it out to be.”
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Also, John Idzik, the team’s cap specialist, will report to Schneider.
Both Schneider and Carroll emphasized that there was a special connection when they first met just hours after Carroll was introduced last week.
“Just the reputation, the person, the enthusiasm represents what I’m all about,” Schneider said. “And what we’re going to be all about as an organization moving forward, which is improvement every day and competition in all areas of what we do.”
Carroll also outlined the coaching staff, emphasizing that there’s still a few loose ends to tie with a couple more candidates. Here’s the coaching staff as it stands now:
Offensive coordinator -- Jeremy BatesOffensive line/associate head coach – Alex GibbsQB coach – Jedd FischTE coach – Patrick McPhersonWR coach -- Kippy BrownDefensive coordinator – Gus BradleyDefensive line coach – Dan QuinnLinebackers coach – Ken Norton Jr.Defensive backs coach – Jerry GraySpecial teams coach – Brian Schneider Schneider gave no time table for when he and Carroll can get things turned around. Both emphasized the importance working with younger players. Schneider said the Green Bay Packers have been the youngest team in the league for the last four seasons.
The Seahawks are the eighth-oldest team in the league. Carroll said what he learned from coaching at USC is how to get younger players on the field quickly and playing productively.
Carroll said one of the first things he did when he took over last week on Tuesday was to begin watching film on Aaron Curry so he can understand what the talented linebacker does best.
Schneider said by Carroll identifying what specific things that players need to do well for each position, he can then go out and find players through the draft and free agency that meet those specific talents.