Packers possibly covet a return home by John Schneider


The Packers have a General Manager who has won a Super Bowl.  The Seahawks have a General Manager who has won a Super Bowl.

When the Packers’ General Manager retires, Green Bay may be inclined to try to bring the Seahawks’ General Manager home.

As noted in today’s One-Liners, Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has mused that John Schneider could be an “ideal fit” to replace Ted Thompson, whenever the 61-year-old G.M. decides to retire.  After all, Schneider is a Green Bay native, with two prior stints working for the Packers.

The logistics of a possible move aren’t clear.  Based on title, it would be a lateral move.  But if, as Vandermause points out, coach Pete Carroll has final say over personnel in Seattle, Schneider would be taking a step up by succeeding Thompson, who runs the show in Green Bay.

Still, while Seattle may not be Schneider’s hometown, it could soon feel like home, if the team keeps thriving.  And Schneider could acquire final say in Seattle when Carroll, 62, calls it quits.

Another potential complication would be the candidacy of Eliot Wolf, 31, for the job.  The son of former Packers G.M. Ron Wolf, Eliot is regarded as a rising star — and it’s not a stretch to say that Eliot has been positioned to ascend into the job once Thompson leaves.

Thompson currently is signed through 2015, and CEO Mark Murphy reportedly would like to extend the deal.  So it will likely be awhile until the job comes open.  When it does, Schneider’s name could be at the top of the Packers’ wish list.

40 responses to “Packers possibly covet a return home by John Schneider

  1. It ain’t happenin’. Schneider is in Seattle for the rest of his career. As they say, “There is no place like home … except Seattle.” Everyone that comes here for a visit, goes home, packs up and returns with the wife and kids. Forget about it!

  2. I think it’s almost a forgone conclusion that he replaces TT after he retires. He has alluded that home is where his heart is. No different than Holmgren leaving GB to return to the west cost.

  3. Why would a GM with a good young team, a multi-billionaire owner, a modern stadium, and a cosmopolitan town where Applebees is the 473rd best restaurant not the 1st, ever leave?

  4. As a Seahawks fan, this has long been a worry of mine. However, there are some things that make it not a foregone conclusion.

    1) He genuinely loves Seattle (city and franchise)

    2) He discovered Russell Wilson, and I would bet would want to ride out his career

    3) Paul Allen knows how valuable PCJS is to the team, and he has the money to maintain it. He can offer far more than GB ever would

    4) Pete will retire eventually, so he wouldn’t be locked into an entire career without final say of 53 man roster

    I could certainly see GB happening, but I wouldn’t bet on it. I would be dreaming of this scenario if I was a Packer fan, though. Stay in Seattle JS, this fan base knows how valuable you are!

  5. Ahahahahaha haha haha yeah right. Unless he wants to go he’s got the best owner in pro sports why would he leave Seattle. He probably won’t. Thanks for playing though.

  6. All of the Seattle people who think he would stay in Seattle are fooling themselves. Seattle is a lovely city to visit but stay for any length of time and you will be on the first plane out of town. What do you expect Schneider to say in interviews? Do you really think he is going to say how awful it is? He begged to work for the Packers years ago. If he gets the chance he is as good as gone.

  7. The Wisconsin shareholders can certainly hope but this will never happen. And you can take that to Paul Allen’s bank.

    Schneider has kids in Seattle area schools. He has a great charity that does fantastic work for autism that he has built from the ground up.

    He loves it in Seattle, it’s not just lip service. He’s going no where.

  8. john loves Seattle, as does his family, and Seattle has the richest owner, and youngest team in the NFL that just won a Super Bowl. John isn’t going to frigid Green Bay.

  9. Schneider would love to go back, as he has stated before. Ted thompson was his mentor, and he’d be honored to follow in his footsteps. His words, not mine.

  10. Well, actually, it was nearly two years after Lombardi retired that he became restless and got back into coaching. He wanted to bring a winning attitude to DC, and he started that effort by replicating the Packer uniform down to the last detail in the uniform of the Redskins.

    I believe your comments are made up, because you don’t care for the Packers. But nobody cares what you think. You should know that by now.

  11. Hilarious. There’s no way the Packers can compete with Paul Allen on salary, and the cap doesn’t apply to management. Paul Allen has traditionally paid his front office the most in the NFL.

    Keep on dreaming. Schneider is a god in the Emerald City and Paul Allen is going to give him whatever he wants. Same with Carroll and Wilson.

  12. purpleguy says:
    Feb 9, 2014 1:13 PM

    Why would a GM with a good young team, a multi-billionaire owner, a modern stadium, and a cosmopolitan town where Applebees is the 473rd best restaurant not the 1st, ever leave?

    Not surprising that you wouldn`t understand given that you are a fan of a team that has never won a Superbowl, never came close to winning a Superbowl, and more than likely will never win a Superbowl. Enjoy your second half century of futility.

  13. Really?

    I’d think as long as the team is winning, final say wouldn’t make a lot of difference.
    Kind of a stupid time to bring up this argument, don’t you think?

  14. Both teams have talented GM and both have recently won a Super Bowl. Both GM’s got Seattle to a Super Bowl.

    It is no surprise that both front offices have talented people that know each other well and draft in a similar manner.

    The Seahawks have just earned a lot of respect and I am happy John Schneider is a big part of that.

    3-5 years is a long time in the NFL and things can change. This sort of offseason speculation is just that and should not be a source of worry or hope.

  15. Not going to happen. I know Seattle probably has the worst climate in the USA and is comparable to Green Bay but this guy is flying high and is going no where unless Thompson kicks the bucket. The packers are talking about extending Thompson’s contract, they like his loosing style so much they are going to keep it. As long as the Seats are filled and the money keeps rolling in there will be no changes in Green Bay. They will have to miss the play offs several years before the crying will get him thrown out of town.

  16. You can take the boy out of Wisconsin but you can’t take Wisconsin out of the boy….of coarse he’d come back!!!!

  17. Bwahahahaha!!!! Sure! Yea, because he’s from wisconsin. Ok! Who would’nt love to inherit that mess of a franchise left by Thompson with an aging Rodgers and a terrible D with an ‘ownership’ group/board that pinches more pennies in the offseason then the Pohlads. Or he could stay in Seatlle with an owner that has deep pockets. The packer ‘ownership’ group/board would never sign off on a Michael Bennet, Cliff Avril or Percy Harvin signing of half the other 300 transactions this guy made in his first year. They’d have to sell even more fake stock and put another 10k seats in Lambeau for that. Have the packers done that recently with any other big contracts that conveniently coincided with an expansion of Lambeau?

  18. Hmmm. Living in Green Bay or living in Seattle. Yeah right. John Schneider has great appreciation for the opportunities the Pack gave him but he prefers living in a place where most people still have their teeth and the temperature rarely dips below opposed to Green Bay where it only gets above zero for about 4 months of the year. Plus his wife has fallen in love with the West Coast and isn’t going anywhere

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