kearly wrote:#1: John Schneider is a hard worker, but the real brains of our FO is Pete Carroll. He's not just the coach- he's team president- aka John Schneider's boss. Many of our best draft picks have Pete Carroll's fingerprints all over them. Many of our best draft picks became successful because of how Carroll coached them and schemed them. If anyone thinks that John Schneider does it all and that he won't miss a beat without Carroll, I strongly suspect they would be in for a rude awakening. Schneider is very good at what he does, but it's his ability to work so well with Carroll that has made him one of the best GMs in the NFL.
#2: I haven't heard anything about John Schneider wanting to move. It's pretty uncommon for a GM to pick up and leave for a lateral move unless his seat is getting warm. He also has a young family and that factors too. If it really is his dream to work in Green Bay, he's got 20+ years left to take that plunge should he choose. He's one of, if not the youngest GMs in the league.
#3: If JS did want to move, I'm not sure he's proven himself nationally enough to do it. We follow the Seahawks closely and we know how awesome of a job he's done, but the Seahawks currently have a losing record under John Schneider and until he puts together a few winning seasons I don't think his reputation will catch up nationally. Then again, NFL insiders, especially those in Green Bay, probably have a pretty good idea of how good Schneider is. So maybe this is a moot point.
#4: I'm pretty sure longevity won't be a problem for this FO or for Carroll. This regime is going to make a few runs deep in the playoffs before it's all said and done.
I disagree. JS is here for the long haul. He knew when he signed on he would probably outlast/outlive Pete. Yes indeed PC has his fingerprints on lots of our moves, but I chalk a lot of that up to JS learning from another perspective. I look at what JS is doing as about the same as the Stealers or Packers. It is Moneyball Football. Reward key guys but do not overpay. Fill holes with 1 or 2 year rentals. If they pan out and fit, sign them long term. If not, move on. Draft the core of the team and keep them if possible, but, have the next guy ready to step in.
No, we are not all the way there yet, but we sure have a good start. And, if indeed Pete leaves, I think JS will have significant input on the new HC, and I bet we don't lose a step.