Found March 02, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Recap: Seahawks GM John Schneider’s 710 ESPN interview

Yesterday Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider was on air with Brock & Salk on ESPN710. He was there to discuss what everyone would imagine: where team is going, where they’re looking in the draft, and who, if any, out of the free agents are enticing to the Seahawks front office.

Schneider delivered as advertised.

Here is my breakdown of his interview on ESPN710.

JohnSchneider Seahawks GM John Schneider pretty much says were staying put!

One of the most powerful men in Seattle - GM John Schneider

Facts gathered
  • The Seahawks are focused primarily on their own guys. They are looking to re-sign Seahawks first, especially with the March 5th Franchise tag deadline and the start of Free Agency on March 13th.
  • The team is doing what they can to retain Marshawn Lynch and Red Bryant first.
  • Schneider feels a RB can be signed long-term.
  • He feels like there is nobody worth giving the farm up for, that this is a very impressive draft class this year, and Seahawks willing to take certain risks.
On acquiring free agents

When they acquired Matt Hasselbeck, they had spent time with him and there was a certain comfort level there.

“If you’re lookin at guys, free agents and cap casualty guys, have to find guys with a uniqueness to your plan or scheme. You have to project how they lead, how they lead the locker room.”

“You have to know what areas are strong, and then be able to bounce that between being able to re-sign your own players for, you know, just go out and be able to get a better deal, if you will, on another player. It’s not easy, it’s a big boy business and sometimes you have to make tough decisions and move on. I think we’ve proved over the last several years we’re not afraid to do that.”

He used acquiring Charlie Whitehurst and Tarvaris Jackson as an example. He knew the TJack move was NOT popular with the fan base.

WhitehurstPC 200x150 Seahawks GM John Schneider pretty much says were staying put!

This is one of the risks Seattle is willing to make, for better or worse

Going after free agents and the part that team location plays

Location/distance has played a part in not getting a couple free agents over the last couple years (Reasons: wife and kids, from east coast).

“If you’re a true football guy, this is a great place. One of the reasons this is an attractive place is that it’s similar to Green Bay. It’s all football.”

He cites that Paul Allen lets them do their jobs. They’re not being force fed and told “You have to do this, you have to do that,” when it comes to getting players.

His thoughts on QB philosophy, acquiring QB’s, drafting QB’s

If it was up to him, they would take a QB every year. Schneider points out the draft in Green Bay when they got Brian Brohm in the 2nd round then Matt Flynn in the 7th round fn the 2008 NFL Draft.

In a QB, Schneider is looking for/questions used to evaluate:

“Number 1 thing  is a guy who tilts the field, how he handles his teammates. If he’s a guy who can have a certain charisma about him. Where does the ball end up? How does he manage the game? What’s he like on 3rd down? How does he handle pressure? Is he staring at pressure coming at him or is he keeping his eyes down field? Can he square his shoulders? Can he back out and can he move?

“You have to be able to move in this league….. You have to be able to move and avoid shots, and be able to look down field.”

On scouting for the NFL Draft

“We were at the Alamo Bowl, I mean, there were several guys there that I was speaking with. you know, there’s guys that you know, for instance, I was at the Oklahoma/Texas A&M game …. we’re always talking about stuff. It’s just a matter of pinning people down. You just have to be cognizant of other people’s agendas.”

Random quotes

Schneider said, “There’s a lot of QB gurus in this town. I wish I would’ve known that before I moved here.” He was joking with Brock & Salk bout everyone weighing in on the QB situation.

He also said his college buddies have been calling him and telling him to draft RG3. “Did you see what he did at the end of the game against Washington? They scored, like, 190 points!”

Matt vs Ravens 2003 Seahawks GM John Schneider pretty much says were staying put!

The comfort with Matt made it easy for the Seahawks to bring him in

My Conclusion

Schneider says several different things here that make absolute sense with the direction they’ve been taking this team.

He secretly clears up a couple situations we have been debating about and then weighs in for both cases on another issue.

In the case for Robert Griffin III, the team loves every skill and quality he possesses based on their description of the type of quarterback they’re looking for.

But they don’t seem willing to throw the draft to get him. On the contrary, though, he does say the team is very willing to take risks.

This is confusing, but it still leads me to believe there will be no RG3 in Seattle next season.

In the case for Matt Flynn, this seems to be the most likely option out of 3 that have been discussed exhaustively in the off season. When Schneider references the comfort level with a player and talks about how the team acquired Matt Hasselbeck from Green Bay for that reason.

The same situation plays out with Matt Flynn (My case for him, My case against him) as his situation is the exact same as Hasselbeck’s was, except for the fact that he’s going to be a free agent.

In the case for Peyton Manning, it seems that this is the least likely option. They may pull a rabbit out of the hat, but Manning is not a mobile quarterback. And with his 4 surgeries, I’m not sure how the team would view that in terms of how much they’re spending versus the care that will have to go into protecting him and his neck.

Seattle’s game plan revolves around a mobile, agile quarterback who can slip the pocket and get down field if needed. Peyton is not that guy anymore.

The only slight hint or tell that he gave was that he REALLY likes Chris Polk’s running style. His physicality and his toughness really caught their attention.

CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE AT NWSB!

© Brandon Choate for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment |

Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook

Post tags: 2008 NFL Draft, 2011 Alamo Bowl, 2012 NFL draft, 710 ESPN, Alamo Bowl, Brian Brohm, Brock & Salk, Chris Polk, ESPN Radio, John Scneider, Manning, Matt Flynn, Matt Hasselbeck, NFL GM, Pete Carroll, Peyton, Peyton Manning, RG3, Robert Griffin III, Seahawks, Seahawks Blog, Seahawks Blogs, Seahawks GM, Seahawks NFL Draft, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks Blog, Seattle Seahawks Blogs

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

NFL Greats: Steve Largent

Steve Largent is an NFL Hall of Famer. He is a legend. He was a field Sargent. He is arguably  the greatest Seattle Seahawks player of all time. When he retired he held all the major receiving records. He had 100 TDs, over 13,000 yards, 819 receptions, and had played in 200 games  by the end of his legendary career. And up until a few months ago when Cortez Kennedy was...

Seahawks will likely re-sign Atari Bigby

According to ProFootballWeekly.com, there’s a really good chance that the Seattle Seahawks will re-sign safety Atari Bigby. “They like him a lot, the way he handles that nickel safety role like (Giants and former Seahawks S) Deon Grant,” said one team source per PFW. “I don’t see him being paid as a starter elsewhere.” The Seahawks also like the way Bidgy has mentored...

Report: Seahawks to place franchise tag on RB Lynch

The Seattle Seahawks will use their franchise tag on running back Marshawn Lynch if the two sides can't agree to a long-term deal by Monday, according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Lynch rushed for a career-best 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011.The 25-year-old's base salary would be $7.7 million in 2012 if he's tagged.

NWSB Exclusive: Twitterview with Seahawks TE Cameron Morrah

@CMorrahEighty8 – Laying in wait When I reached out to a few current and past Seattle Seahawks players, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was extremely honored to get a few responses and to be honest, it was quite exciting. The first one who took the time to respond, though, was Seahawks Tight End Cameron Morrah. When I reached out to Morrah, I also told him that he was my favorite...

How The Seattle Seahawks Will Become An Elite Team This Coming Season

With the combine taking place this past weekend and with players’ stock rising and dropping, NFL teams got a better picture in how they will be drafting this April and in turn who they will seek via free agency. With the Seattle Seahawks drafting 12th, this combine definitely gave the team a better idea of what direction they should be heading in. Of course many Seahawks fans want...

Schneider says NO to moving up in draft

Video of Bob and Groz from 710 espn In Seattle discussing the interview earlier in the day with John Schneider.
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.