Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider says there’s an important requirement for the franchise’s next head coach: keep the organization’s culture in place.
“We want to keep our positive culture, everything that’s been created here,” Schneider said Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Brady Henderson. “There’s so many special people in this building. It’s amazing to be on the phone with all these agents and the people that are interested in this position and to be able to explain to them, ‘Hey, there’s a foundation here that’s incredible.'”
For the first time since 2010, the Seahawks are looking for a new head coach after the team elected to move Pete Carroll to an adviser position.
With Carroll gone, Schneider will be in charge of personnel for the first time. The new coach will also report to the general manager.
Seattle has already reportedly requested interviews with several candidates, including Houston Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, and Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who previously served on the Seahawks’ staff.
Other candidates include Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Frank Smith, and Las Vegas Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.
Schneider said the position is attractive to candidates due to the Seahawks being “right on the cusp,” per NFL.com’s Bobby Kownack.
“I think it’s a great core,” Schneider added. “I think, again, we’re a very attractive job because of that. I think there’s young talent all over the place. I think we’re the fourth-youngest team in the league or something like that.”
The Seahawks have finished 9-8 in each of their last two seasons.