The Seattle Seahawks organization put pen to paper and secured the services of General Manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Securing the services of the best head coach and general manager combo in football means the Seahawks can now focus on returning to the Super Bowl after playing in two consecutive years.
After thrashing the Denver Broncos 43 to 8 in Super Bowl XLVIII the Seahawks suffered a heart breaking 28 to 24 defeat to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. The Seahawks attempt to return for a third time was denied by the Carolina Panthers who beat the Seahawks 31 to 24 in the Divisional Round of the 2016 NFC Playoffs.
To say the partnership between Carroll and Schneider has been a success would be an understatement. In addition to the two Super Bowl appearances, the Carroll and Schneider partnership has won 60 regular season games and has been to the playoffs in five of the last six year. Only the Green Bay Packers have won more games than the Seahawks since 2010.
2010 was the year that former CEO Tod Leiweke wanted to create a unique and unequalled partnership between a general manager and coach. Leiweke followed his gut instinct and hired Carroll and Schneider to ignite of the best partnerships in sports.
The Seahawks current core Russell Wilson, Ear Thomas, Bobby Wagner and Richard Sherman are all examples players who have benefited from the Schneider and Carroll partnership.
Schneider’s deal is for five years and is expected to make him among the highest-paid GMs in the NFL, while Carroll’s contract extension is good through the 2019 season