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2016 Seattle Seahawks Yearbook

John Schneider enters his seventh season as General Manager of the Seattle Seahawks having been named to the position January 19, 2010. Schneider added the distinction of Executive Vice President in 2013. In his role, he manages all aspects of the Seahawks roster and draft process while working collaboratively with Pete Carroll in all facets of the football operations department. Schneider begins his 24th season working in the professional ranks. Schneider’s philosophy is one primarily focused on building through the draft while making strategic acquisitions via trade and free agency that foster a competitive culture through a mix of youthful playmakers and veteran leadership. He continues to build and maintain a younger roster that breeds a sustained winning atmosphere. The signs of that philosophy have been evident during his fi rst six years in a leading role, advancing to the Divisional Playoffs or better fi ve times. He has constructed a team that appeared in back-to-back Super Bowls and won Super Bowl XLVIII, the fi rst NFL title in franchise history. The 2013 championship was won with the youngest 53-man roster to ever win a Super Bowl. He was named Sports Illustrated’s Executive of the Year for 2012 after the Seahawks made the playoffs and just missed playing for the NFC Championship. Schneider has continued to turn the roster over since 2010, totaling more than 1,300 transactions through the end of the 2015 season, helping to cultivate depth on one of the NFL’s most talented rosters. He has also made wise decisions in extending the contracts of core players such as Cliff Avril, Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor, Jermaine Kearse, Jeremy Lane, Ahtyba Rubin, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson and K.J. Wright assuring continuity to the core of the roster while rewarding players for their commitment and performance. He has shown a willingness and creativity to acquire extra draft picks and young talent via trade and free agency. Presented with two of the top 14 picks in the 2010 NFL Draft, he was able to acquire what many considered the best tackle prospect in two-time Pro Bowler Russell Okung and a starting free safety with the selection of the three-time, fi rst-team All Pro Thomas. Without a Pro Bowl selection on the roster from 2009-10, Schneider’s roster has seen 13 different players selected from 2011-15: Thomas (5), Chancellor (4), Marshawn Lynch (4), Wilson (4), Sherman (3), Okung (2), Max Unger (2), Wagner (2), Bennett, Brandon Browner, Tyler Lockett, Michael Robinson and Leon Washington. His roster has also included 10 fi rst-team All Pro selections since 2012. All of these players, except Unger, were added via draft, trade and free agency after Schneider took over. Before joining the Seahawks, Schneider produced eight successful seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Originally joining the Packers March 1, 2002, as a personnel analyst to the general manager, he was promoted in May of 2008 to director of football operations. In his role, Schneider served as strategic counsel to General Manager Ted Thompson, addressing and evaluating the needs of the team in both free agency and in the draft while incorporating long-range planning processes that examined the Packers’ roster, as well as the rosters of all NFL teams. Before rejoining the Packers in 2002, he spent three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (1997-99), one year with the Seahawks (2000) and a year with the Washington Redskins (2001) as vice president of player personnel. Schneider, a native of De Pere, Wis., fi rst learned the tools of his trade with the Packers, beginning as an intern during the summer of 1992 under then-Executive Vice President/ General Manager Ron Wolf. After graduating from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., Schneider returned to Green Bay, serving as pro personnel assistant for four years (1993-96) and played an integral role in the signing of several free agents who would help make up the team that won Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans. Schneider moved on to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997 as director of pro personnel. It was in Kansas City that Schneider fi rst worked with Marty Schottenheimer, whom he would later join in Washington. With the Chiefs, Schneider oversaw the scouting of all players with pro playing experience, including NFL Europe and the CFL, as well as the NFL. He also conducted advance scouting of all Kansas City opponents and was responsible for free agent acquisition. In 2000, he subsequently signed on as director of player personnel for the Seahawks, joining Thompson and Mike Holmgren, with whom he had worked in Green Bay. JOHN SCHNEIDER EXECUTIVE VP/GENERAL MANAGER 8


2016 Seattle Seahawks Yearbook
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