Three reasons I’m grateful to Seahawks GM John Schneider

On the 12th century, we have a lot to be thankful for as Seahawks fans – imagine being a Cardinals fan! That’s why I’m grateful to John Schneider.

To be clear, John Schneider didn’t do any of this alone. Pete Carroll has the final say on all things Seahawks, after all. I believe Carroll’s official title is Grand Poobah of the Hawks Nation; It’s something like that. So no, John Schneider didn’t put together the Seahawks for 2023 on his own. We cannot overlook all the work that Seattle employees have done. People like Matt Berry and Aaron Heinlein keep the scouts in check, while Trent Kirshner and Nolan Tesley lead the charge on personnel.

But John Schneider is the man who makes it all happen. Sometimes a team has to let players walk because their wages could be better spent on younger players. Believe me, I know no one is happy that Bobby Wagner is gone. Jake Lupino brilliantly broke down why the Seahawks – ie John Schneider – had to let the BWagz go. It really boils down to just two words: hood space. Without that, there is no DK Metcalf extended, or Tyler Lockett traded. Football is more of a numbers game off the pitch than it is on. John Schneider has proven himself to be a master of these numbers.

The Seahawks look very different without John Schneider’s moves

Let’s start with the Big Bang, shall we? The trade of future Hall of Fame QB Russell Wilson was shocking, no matter how many times we’ve heard these rumors. Moving on from Russell Wilson was a physical blow to most of us. I’ve probably written dozens of articles over the past few years about how stupid the very idea is. However, here we are past the middle of the season, with a plethora of talent in the squad, all for one player.

No, Drew Lock wasn’t the quarterback of 2022. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the player who he is Soon. But Shelby Harris was solid in the trenches in Seattle. Noah you were not The The guy is at tight end, but he certainly added a serious weapon to the Falcons’ passing offense. These are just the players Schneider added directly from the Broncos. If Seattle is still paying Russell Wilson, there probably isn’t enough cap space to add Uchenna Nwosu to the pass rush. Marquise Goodwin has emerged as a reliable number three wide receiver, while center Austin Blythe has helped anchor the offensive line.

Schneider didn’t strike gold at every signing. far from it. But the players that didn’t end as expected were all low-risk projects. JJ Arcega-Whiteside cost the Seahawks less than their weekly coffee budget. Artie Burns has been injured all year, but his contract doesn’t go much beyond his monthly baking allowance. The Falcons have done extremely well in their signings this season.

Schneider nailed Geno Smith’s necklace

I’ll admit it, 12 seconds. There was a lot of eyes popping and jaws popping when the Seahawks announced the money they gave Geno Smith to get back on the team this season. What were they thinking? Did they really give away $3.5 million for a career backup? Remember, they got the quarterback they wanted in the Wilson trade anyway. You remember that, right? We’ve all heard Pete and Jon talk about how much they liked Drew Locke when he was first drafted, and Pete still loves him.

However, there is no doubt that Geno Smith’s contract is the biggest deal in the NFL. There are no fewer than 57 quarterbacks making more money than Geno Smith this year. He’s tied with Joe Flacco for 58th. Those superstars include talents like Case Keenum ($6.0 million) and Mitch Trubisky ($7.1 million), not to mention the real star of the extra ranks, human yo-yo Carson Wentz ($32 million). Keep in mind that Smith ranks in the top five in almost every category.

Most of all, Smith clearly knows what the Seahawks have done for him. Yes, it was a one-year deal, but it was a lot more than anyone expected for the backup they expected. That $7 million told Smith he was a legitimate candidate to be the Seahawks starting quarterback. Yes, he will capitalize on this historic season, but don’t think for a moment that he won’t remember the guys who finally gave him the chance to shine.

John Schneider signed a trial class for the ages

What’s the draft class, right 12? Yes, it’s early, but we could easily see three members of this rookie class making themselves at home in the Pro Bowl next year, and staying for a decade. Does anyone doubt that Charles Cross, Abe Lucas and Tariq Wolin have already shown they have what it takes to be lifelong professionals?

The Beginner category is much deeper than these three. Kenneth Walker III gets the starting nod after a few games, but he’s clearly a star. By the end of the season, he could prove to be the best in his class. Coby Bryant has shown some growing pains, but he’s still clearly one of the best rookies in the league. Boye Mafe made strong contributions, and Dareke Young made more than his share of great plays on special teams. To say this class is special is a gross understatement.

Is Schneider an indisputable genius? Well, we need to balance drafting the LOB and signing UDFA Doug Baldwin with Ziggy Ansah’s $6 million and Luke Joeckel’s $7 million surety. They both sustained injuries during their careers. Both players had a lot of talent, but this guaranteed money wasn’t the best idea. Regardless, for every mistake like this, we’ve seen plenty of great decisions, like finding Chris Carson in the seventh round. Like the vast majority of 12’s, I am very grateful to John Schneider.

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