Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly reports that according to rumblings around the league, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider are not on the same page, and have had disagreements with personnel issues.
Edholm says according to a conversation with an agent who had a client fly in for a look-see in Seattle, only to have Pete Carroll say he was not interested and the player did not fit the team’s needs.
“I can tell you that these two are not on the same page,” Edholm says in the video above. “And it often happens, a personnel guy and a coach are going to have differing views on things. But I talked to one agent who said he he had one of his free agents shipped into Seattle, but when he got there, Pete Carroll said, ‘What is this guy doing here? We don’t need him for our football team.’ So it led to an uncomfortable situation for all parties.”
Edholm went on to say that’s just one example of personnel not matching up with what’s wanted on the field.
Now, this is the first I’ve heard of any type of friction between Carroll and Schneider. Their relationship has always been characterized as smooth and both thinking along the same lines in securing personnel. In fact, just a few weeks ago in a conversation with Carroll, he lavished praise on Schneider and said the reason that they have been able to move quickly and revamp the roster is their close relationship.
But with big free agent acquisitions like Robert Gallery, now out for a month with a groin injury, Sidney Rice struggling to get on the field and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson struggling in his play, Carroll could be frustrated with what is happening on the field.
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Brian Billick of Fox Sports previews the game in the video below.
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