Green Bay’s attempt to interview former personnel man and Wisconsin native-turned-Seahawks’ Super Bowl-winning GM John Schneider for their GM vacancy has been rebuffed, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
The Packers, in the process of interviewing in-house candidates to replace repositioned GM Ted Thompson, hoped to speak with another familiar face outside of the organization about potentially replacing a mentor.
Before joining forces with Pete Carroll in 2010 to form the Seahawks’ powerhouse, Schneider first cut his NFL scouting teeth with the Packers from 1993-96, returning for a second stint in their front office from 2002-09. There, he learned under Thompson, after getting his first scouting indoctrination under Ron Wolf.
Schneider, a Packers shareholder, actually had an out in his previous contract with the Seahawks that would allow him to return to Green Bay as Thompson’s successor. But reports indicate Schneider’s new deal, which he signed in 2016 and goes through 2021, has no such clause.
In addition to a chance to return to his home and NFL roots, the Packers’ job could appeal to Schneider for other reasons. Carroll, not Schneider, controls Seattle’s 53-man roster, one likely headed for a significant jolt to some of its biggest stars after a turbulent 9-7 campaign — the Seahawks’ first ending without a playoff appearance since 2011.
Like the Seahawks, the Packers endured rare hard times this season — Green Bay is on the couch in January for the first time since 2008. Their 7-9 campaign, in which Aaron Rodgers missed nine games with a broken right collarbone, preceded an organizational upheaval unlike any we’ve seen in Green Bay in more than a decade.
One day before reports of Thompson’s demotion first surfaced, the Packers parted ways with longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers and two of his top assistants, Mike Trgovac (defensive line) and Scott Curley (asst. linebackers). Mike McCarthy has since dismissed offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt.
The perceived frontrunner in many league circles to replace Thompson is Russ Ball, currently the club’s VP of football operations and finance. Eliot Wolf, the son of Ron Wolf and the Packers’ director of football operations, and player personnel director Brian Gutekunst also will receive consideration from president Mark Murphy.
Schneider, though, apparently won’t get an opportunity to speak with Murphy about the position — unless, of course, the Packers compel the Seahawks with a trade package to bring him home. That would seem unlikely for a franchise that values its draft picks as much as the Packers. Then again, until a few weeks ago, one of the NFL’s more stable franchises undergoing massive changes was certainly unexpected too.