The tandem of head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have led the Seattle Seahawks out of the abyss since taking over and disassembling a squad of aging key parts in 2010. Two playoff appearances and a thoroughly overturned roster later, and we have one of the most young, promising franchises in the NFL.
It’s been an unorthodox road there: from making a high-profile trade to obtain Matt Flynn before benching him for a third-round quarterback, to plugging CFL ex-pat Brandon Browner in as starting cornerback, and other peculiar-turned-savvy decisions along the way. The relationship between Carroll and Schneider has allowed this team to finally arrive as legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
“I can’t speak for other organizations,” Schneider said, via CBS Sports’ Rob Rang. “But as for our group, we know our coaches have trust in us as far as acquiring players that fit what they’re looking for, or fit a certain position. They’re going to compete, and obviously for them to do that, the trust in the coaches to teach, work and develop those players. And (Carroll’s) main philosophy is all about competition. So, he opens that door, and you have a chance to play.”
Only center Max Unger and defensive lineman Red Bryant remain as members from the 2009 squad who were in the 2012 starting lineup. Meanwhile, in a span of three years the Seahawks have drafted quality starters in linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, quarterback Russell Wilson, left tackle Russell Okung, receiver Golden Tate, and defensive backs Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas