The Seattle Seahawks have been on a strong run the last few years, with head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider serving as critical pieces. They have added a lot of big talent, but Carroll and Schneider have been key. And now, there are questions about their futures.
Both Carroll and Schneider are working under contracts that expire following the 2016 season. Carroll has been negotiating on a new contract throughout the offseason, but the situation remains unresolved. John Clayton recently suggested that as each day goes by without a deal, concern grows that something will not get done. Specifically, with Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead are entering the final season of their respective contracts. Carroll has the SoCal connection, which opens the possibility of returning to Los Angeles and taking over the Rams.
Back in March, there were reports the Rams and Jeff Fisher were discussing a contract extension. Considering how average (at best) the team has been under Fisher (records of 7-8-1, 7-9, 6-10, 7-9), it’s hard to see how Rams ownership can justify an extension at this point. If the team moves over .500 this coming season, maybe then it makes sense. Of course, with a new rookie quarterback drafted number one overall, ownership might want to create some stability.
I would be pretty shocked if Carroll and Schneider did not get extended, and my guess is that an extension is announced between now and the start of the regular season. But considering it has taken this long to figure something out, maybe they manage to screw this up. If Carroll is not extended by Week 1, it will make for an interesting storyline this seaosn.