With the Seahawks interviewing four finalists for their general manager opening this week and new coach Pete Carroll also carrying an executive vice president title, it will be interesting to see which direction the team goes.
Three of the candidates — Omar Khan, John Schneider and Marc Ross — are younger without previous true GM experience, and one, Floyd Reese, is a longtime former GM, most recently with the Titans, who has ties to Carroll.
Reese and Carroll worked together on Bud Grant‘s old staff with the Vikings, early in Carroll’s career. Their relationship and ability to work together could go in Reese’s favor, and should the Seahawks go that route, it could create an interesting dynamic. Carroll clearly has a role in the team’s personnel and football operations and is being viewed around the NFL as someone in charge there following his news conference Tuesday.
Carroll made it clear that he will have a role in the GM search, and for an organization that has suffered from friction at the top in recent years, maintaining a strong relationship between the coach, CEO Tod Leiweke and the new GM will be imperative.