John Schneider (American football executive)
|Date of birth||1971|
|Place of birth||Wisconsin|
|College||University of St. Thomas|
|Team(s) as a coach/administrator|
|Green Bay Packers
(VP of Player Personnel)
Green Bay Packers
(Top Personnel Aide to Packer's GM)
Green Bay Packers
(Director of Football Operations)
John Schneider (born 1971) is a professional American football executive, currently serving as the general manager for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). Schneider was previously a front office executive for the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, and the Seattle Seahawks in 2000. Schneider served as the Director of Football Operations for the Green Bay Packers from 2008 to 2009. He helped architect the roster that eventually went on to win Super Bowl XLV.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Professional executive career
- 3 Awards and honors
- 4 Personal life
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Schneider grew up in Wisconsin and attended high school where he played football. He studied history and secondary education at University of St. Thomas and was on the football team his Freshman year until injuries caused him to retire. During his Junior year he wrote a letter to Ron Wolf asking if he could work as a scout. His internship that summer was the beginning of his relationship with the Green Bay Packers.
Professional executive career
Green Bay Packers
He started working in the Scouting Department for the Green Bay Packers in 1993.
Kansas City Chiefs
He was the Director of Pro Personnel for the Chiefs from 1997 to 2000.
He worked for the Seahawks in 2000 under Ted Thompson.
In 2001, Schneider became the Vice President of Player Personnel.
Green Bay Packers
Schneider went back to the Green Bay Packers as the top personnel aide to the Packers' GM. He then elevated to Director of Football Operations.
In January 2010, the Seahawks made a splash with the hiring of Pete Carroll as its head coach. Schneider came on board one week later. It was a rare case in which the head coach had hiring control over the general manager. The Seahawks Front Office has been a collaboration from the beginning. Schneider has control over salary cap and contract issues and works closely with Carroll on personnel matters. Generally, Schneider will scout the players and report to Carroll who has final decision over roster moves. The relationship has been described as Schneider setting the menu and Carroll picking specific players off of it.
The first three years of the Carroll/Schneider regime has impressed in Seattle. Schneider orchestrated a complete overhaul of Seattle's roster. In 2010, Schneider completed 284 roster transactions. Schneider's philosophy focuses on improving his team through every possible avenue. Examples follow:
High draft picks
|LT||Russell Okung||First Round||(No. 6 overall)||2010|
|S||Earl Thomas||First Round||(No. 14 overall)||2010|
|WR||Golden Tate||Second Round||(No. 60 overall)||2010|
|LB||Bobby Wagner||Second Round||(No. 47 overall)||2012|
|QB||Russell Wilson||Third Round||(No. 75 overall)||2012|
Low draft picks
|CB||Richard Sherman||Fifth Round||(No. 154 overall)||2011|
|S||Kam Chancellor||Fifth Round||(No. 133 overall)||2010|
|LB||K. J. Wright||Fourth Round||(No. 99 overall)||2011|
|RG||J.R. Sweezy||Seventh Round||(No. 225 overall)||2012|
Minor free agent signings
|CB||Brandon Browner||Signed after playing in Canada||2011|
|RT||Breno Giacomini||Signed off Packers' Practice Squad||2010|
|FB||Michael Robinson||Signed after being released by the 49ers||2010|
|RG||Paul McQuistan||Signed three months after being waived by the Cleveland Browns||2011|
Major free agent signings
|WR||Sidney Rice||Signed a five-year, $41 million contract||2011|
|TE||Zach Miller||Signed a five-year, $34 million contract||2011|
|DE||Cliff Avril||Signed a two-year, $13 million contract||2013|
|DT||Michael Bennett||Signed a one-year, $5 million contract||2013|
|RB||Marshawn Lynch||Traded from Bills for a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a fifth-round pick in 2012||2010|
|DE||Chris Clemons||Traded from Eagles with a 4th round pick for Darryl Tapp||2010|
|WR||Percy Harvin||Traded from Vikings for a first and seventh-round pick in 2013 and a third-round pick in 2014||2013|
Awards and honors
While Schneider did not win NFL Executive of the Year for the 2012 season, he is highly regarded around the league for his work as the GM of the Seahawks. John came in 3rd in the award voting for the 2012 NFL Executive of the year.
John Schneider has a wife, Traci, and two sons, Ben (age 8) and Jack (6). Ben suffers from autism, and the Schneider family has created the Ben's Fund foundation to help families suffering from the disease.
- "Introductory Press Conference". 710 ESPN Seattle. Retrieved 2013-09-14.
- "Hail Marys, Hard Work Fuel Alum’s NFL Rise (and the Seattle Seahawks)". St. Thomas Newspaper. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
- "AFTER 502 TRANSACTIONS, SEAHAWKS IN REVERSE". SPNW STAFF-SportspressNW.com. 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
- "Brick by brick: How Pete Carroll built the Seahawks". Danny O'Neil - The Seattle Times. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
- "Ben's Fund". Families for Effective Treatment of Autism Washington. 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
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|* = Has equivalent or similar job title
** = Serves as de facto general manager in addition to other duties