Seattle Seahawks Begin Search for New Head Coach and Reinforce Positive Culture under GM John Schneider’s Leadership

Renton, Washington – The Seattle Seahawks are undergoing a significant transition as they search for a new head coach to replace Pete Carroll. The team’s general manager, John Schneider, will now have control over personnel decisions and oversee the coaching staff, a departure from the previous power structure. Schneider’s new role comes with a clear directive from owner Jody Allen: to preserve the positive culture and foundation that has been established in the organization.

Schneider confirmed that he will have final say over personnel matters regardless of the coach hired to replace Carroll. Previously, Carroll held the authority and reported directly to ownership. The change in power dynamics reflects the contractual situation and ensures continuity within the organization.

As the search for Carroll’s successor commences, several candidates have emerged. Among them are renowned defensive coordinator Raheem Morris of the Los Angeles Rams and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka of the New York Giants. The team has also requested interviews with Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Houston Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik, Las Vegas Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, and Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Frank Smith. These interviews will be conducted virtually this week, with in-person interviews scheduled for next week.

Schneider stressed that the Seahawks are open to exploring all options, including college coaches, as they approach the hiring process. The organization has adopted a thorough approach in their coaching search, mirroring their strategic approach to free agency and the draft. Schneider remarked that the rapidly changing landscape in college football adds further intrigue to the search.

While Schneider leads the search, owner Jody Allen will play a significant role in the hiring decision. Carroll’s transition to an advisory role remains unclear, as his departure as head coach followed a season in which the Seahawks fell short of the playoffs. Schneider acknowledged their previous success and the emotional impact of parting ways with Carroll, highlighting their historic partnership and the achievements they shared.

The Seahawks are entering a new era, with Schneider leading the charge in finding a new head coach to build upon the team’s foundation. As the search continues, the organization remains focused on maintaining the positive culture that has been established and striving for future success.