The Detroit Lions are looking for someone with experience to fill the vacant general manager position, and John Schneider could be their guy.
Sheila Ford-Hamp is staying true to her word regarding the Detroit Lions. After the firings of both Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia, she stated that she would bring in football minds to help her hire a new general manager and head coach. And with the appointment of former Detroit Lion Chris Spielman as special advisor to team president Rod Wood, she is backing those claims.
Well, brace yourselves, Lions’ fans. It looks like she has another trick up her sleeve.
According to a report on NFL.com from Ian Rapoport, the Detroit Lions plan to pursue Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider to fill their vacant GM position. Schneider has served the Seahawks as both general manager and executive vice president since 2010. With Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, the duo reached two Super Bowls (winning one), five division titles, and a 111-63-1 record.
If the Lions land Schneider, it would differently turn some heads around the NFL. One big reason is that Schneider comes on the Lions’ radar out of seemingly nowhere.
While Schneider is having much success with the Seahawks, the Lions can offer him the one thing he doesn’t have with the Seahawks: full control.
That belongs to Pete Carroll.
And because of this, the Lions can interview Schneider without violating the NFL’s anti-tampering policy if they give him total control.
The Lions have already interviewed several former GMs for the position, such as Scott Pioli, Thomas Dimitroff, and Rick Smith. They’ve also interviewed ESPN analyst Louis Riddick.
Schneider is no stranger to the NFC North.
John Schneider knows the Detroit Lions.
He started his NFL career in 1993, where he was a scout for the Green Bay Packers for three years. After that, he had several stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks (first stint), and the Washington Football team, before returning to the Packers for his second stint.
With those teams, his titles were Director of pro personnel, Director of player personnel, and Vice president of player personnel.
When he returned to the Packers, he was appointed as the personnel analyst to the general manager (2002-2007), eventually becoming the Director of Football operations from 2008-2009. After his time with the Packers commenced, he returned to the Seahawks for his second stint.
As an executive/team official, Schneider has won two Super Bowl rings (Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks) and knows a winning culture.
Landing a candidate with his pedigree could be a significant hire for the Lions.
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