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Friday Round-Up: The John Schneider Show Returns to Seattle Sports 710AM

Seahawks president of football operations/general manager John Schneider returns for a weekly spot on the Wyman and Bob show on Seattle Sports 710AM for the second straight offseason. 


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, February 16— about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider brings back his weekly radio show with Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton of Seattle Sports 710AM as the 2024 offseason gets underway.

On Tuesday, the Seahawks officially announced seven additions to new Coach Mike Macdonald’s staff. On Thursday, General Manager John Schneider sat down with Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton of Seattle Sports 710AM, for a new season of The John Schneider Show.

Wyman and Stelton joined Schneider at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center armed with plenty of questions about the upcoming offseason - and his new title as president of football operations.

"Honestly," said Schneider. "It's just accountability with coaches, right? So now the coaches report to me. In the past, that wasn't the case. The coaches reported to Pete Carroll, and the two of us reported to ownership. Now coaching reports up through us. It's something that, 6-7 years ago we did contractually, because you don't know if or when Pete was going to retire. It was really just a contractual deal, if Pete was not going to be here at a certain time, it's this automatic kick in. And so, here we go."

Mike Macdonald is now the league's youngest head coach at 36-years-old, following a 10-year journey from Ravens intern to premiere defensive coordinator. Schneider discusses when MacDonald arrived on his radar as a potential successor to Pete Carroll.

"The first thing was," said Schneider. "Going to Michigan when the news was going on there that there was a linebackers coach with the Ravens going to work with the (Harbaugh) brothers. Felt like they were swapping teammates or something. But that was like, 'Okay, who is this guy?'. We're doing what we do, we're always trying to be on it and see what's going on around the world of football. Whether it be college football, XFL, USFL or obviously, the pros. That was the first time I was like, 'Hey, who is this guy?' Then he goes back to the Ravens, and they have all this success. Obviously, we played them this year—it was really rough, that was a really rough day. There aren't a lot of players that are like 'Who is the coordinator over there? What was that all about?' I talked to a couple of guys after the game that are like 'That was impressive, what just happened?' Mike's talked about it too, 'We want to play so it looks like there's 14 players on the field.' It felt like 14 players that day."

Schneider gave insight on the process of interviewing coaching candidates before the hire, along with how he communicated with Macdonald that it was his show to run. But with questions looming about a first-time head coach with a young staff, Schneider assures the pair that he doesn't feel like the big changes will result in a step back for the franchise in 2024.

"I don't view a step back," said Schneider. "I think when you have all of these new ideas, philosophies, ways to teach, schematics, all of the coach-speak and football talk that goes into this - I think everybody coming together of course it's going to take time. It's going to take time for everybody to get to know each other. I think, when you look at it - how can we bring this together and really merge this as quickly as we possibly can? The coaches at this time of the year are usually getting ready for free agency, getting some names for draft guys to study. I'm sure it'll be a little bit of anxiety from that point of view for the coaching staff, but it's like, 'We got that right now, we'll get caught up with that later. Let's get this staff together, let's build this continuity. And build this whole philosophy that we're going to be working through together.' Then that'll come together. I think based on the open lines of communication the way it's gone so far—I don't see a lot of hindrances to what would lead to success on the field. I have been through coaching changes, I don't feel that. Everybody has to adjust, but everybody has to adjust every year. If you're not adjusting, you're falling behind."

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