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Highlights From John Schneider's Appearance On Seattle Sports 710 AM
Last week, The John Schneider Show premiered on Seattle Sports 710AM, a weekly series featuring Seattle’s general manager and on-air duo Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton. On Thursday, Schneider sat down with the pair for the second time, discussing the latest developments leading up to April's draft.
Wyman and Stelton jump straight to former Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, who according to reports will mutually part ways with the Los Angeles Rams when the new league year begins. Schneider acknowledged no move has been made official yet, so there isn't much to discuss, but he did have much praise for the former team captain, calling him, "A Seattle great. Obviously amazing player, icon, Hall of Famer."
With the Seahawks and 31 other teams heading to Indianapolis for next week's NFL Combine, Schneider took some time to break down the process for the team in evaluating players, including the specifics of interviewing players, down to setting up player-specific questions, crediting senior director of player personnel Matthew Berry.
"It's all about football fit," said Schneider. "Character fit, what they've overcome, what kind of grit they have. Are they going to be able to fit with our position coaches, how does this whole thing come together? Matt does a really good job of putting the questions together specific to the player and every guy is totally different."
Wyman and Stelton asked about the difference in evaluating prospects in-person versus on-film, and how much playoff football and showcase games like the Reese's Senior Bowl matter in evaluating response to a big moment.
"Seeing them play live in a game-setting is great," said Schneider. "We have a lot of our questions built up from the fall, so seeing a guy play live, great. What are the questions from that game that arise? Seeing how they handle themselves in a bowl game or all-star setting."
Schneider discussed giving prospects the benefit of the doubt, dealing with a range of emotions and jitters in the draft process, which are natural as humans. The Seahawks general manager also shared his surprise at finding out wide receiver DK Metcalf was participating in the NBA All Star Weekend Celebrity Game.
"I didn't know if it was real at first," said Schneider. "... I saw him running around and I was like 'Holy smokes!' He was doing great, but I was just like 'Oh my gosh is that real.' I think I was the last person to know about it. I didn't really know what it was. I just sent him a text like 'Hey great job in the game, but you were dunking on people like my height.' He's out there dunking on some actor that's like 5-4. He took off a couple of times and I was just like 'Holy cow I need to go home and go to bed.'"
Catch the full 42-minute interview as Schneider discusses the '"totality of team-building" looking on to the 2023 offseason here.
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