Seahawks G.M. urges fans to “trust the process”

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The Seahawks have undergone major changes to the coaching staff and the roster in 2018. Seahawks General Manager John Schneider doesn’t regard it as a big deal.

“It’s a constant reset every single year, it doesn’t stop,” Schneider said during an appearance on 710 ESPN in Seattle. “When I say ‘reset’ people are like, ‘Well it’s a rebuild.’ We’re not rebuilding. It’s just a reset. We’ve got some pretty good players on this football team. And there’s a lot of young players that people don’t necessarily — they haven’t heard their names yet. I remember going through this when we traded Josh Wilson, and Kelly Jennings and Marcus Trufant were here. And nobody knew who Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman and Walter Thurmond were. . . .

“I’m telling you man, there’s a lot of good young football players that people don’t know about. Tedric Thompson was one of our best special-teams players this last year. He didn’t get to play much at strong safety. Kam [Chancellor] was one of our best special-teams players the first year he played. He didn’t get to play strong safety because Lawyer [Milloy] was here. Trust the process, man.”

Schneider is right. The same process that discovered Chancellor in round six and Sherman in round five and developed them into great players could do the same for Thompson and others who currently aren’t household names among those who dub themselves the 12s.

The difference this time, of course, is that the last time the Seahawks did this, the franchise hadn’t been on the heels of an extended period of stellar performances. This year, the Seahawks are making their most dramatic changes of the Pete Carroll/John Schneider era, in the first offseason after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011. It’s an experiment that will either work, or it won’t.

Regardless, it had to happen. For a variety of reasons that the Seahawks would freely admit — and that they would prefer not to discuss. It was time to clear the players who had lingering hostility regarding Super Bowl XLIX off the roster, and it was time to shift the focus of the team away from the Legion of Boom and toward a franchise quarterback who is still in the front end of his prime.

Plenty of players on the Seahawks of past years (and a few who are still on the roster) resent Russell Wilson. As the team moves forward, those guys need to go. They need to be replaced by players who recognize from the moment they enter the locker room that, if the Seahawks are going to thrive for the next decade, Wilson needs to be the centerpiece of the franchise.

So trust the process, Seahawks fans. The team has the most important position covered. All Schneider needs to do is fill in the roster around him and Schneider already has proven he can do just that.

69 responses to “Seahawks G.M. urges fans to “trust the process”

  1. I laugh every time they call themselves “12’s”. Couldn’t even think of your own “slogan” so you rent it from A & M. That team imploded and everyone knows it. Rejoice, football fans. The “12’s” are back to the bottom, where they belong.

  2. First, Kam was drafted in the 5th round, not 6th. Second, Schneider actually said Tedric Thompson didn’t get to play much at free safety, not strong safety. Given all the trade speculation surrounding Earl, I thought his comment about Tedric was quite telling of where Schneider sees the trade situation ultimately heading… I know Schefter doesn’t think it’s gonna happen, but I ultimately think a trade for Earl gets done before the draft.

  3. The process is to get extremely lucky and hit on mid round draft picks. Then leverage the rookie deals. It’s the same process for every team.

  4. Laugh is on you niners816. TXAM would have lost that case. They had no prior claim on it either. Seahawks had several people on staff that were grads. If Seattle had chosen to pursue the claim they would have won. Not fun to mess up a University over a slogan. Settle offered to pay to get it out of the courts. They did. Oh, btw… 12’s is the name Seattle came up with. TXAM had “12th man”.

  5. You gotta trust the process. It’s like trusting a touchdown pass from your qb on September 24th, 2012.

  6. Semantics and trying to manager perceptions… reset vs reload vs. rebuild.

    If at the end of next season Seattle does not have a winning record, then, guess what, it is a rebuild.

    Otherwise with a winning season, you can say it was a reset or reload.

  7. Schneider had 3 great drafts in a row with seven pro-bowlers in three years from 2010-2012. In the five drafts since, he’s drafted one (Lockett) and that was a special teamer. The process works when you draft well.

  8. jackedupboonie says:
    March 31, 2018 at 5:54 pm
    Seattle will win 10-12 games this next season and the division. Meanwhile Clara will win 6 again and the Rams will be a Wild Card team.

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    Got to give it to you man. You are one diehard fan.

  9. I actually do trust the Seahawks’ Front Office. It isn’t easy to remain competitive each and every year. The Seahawks have been one of only a half dozen teams the past decade to accomplish that feat. Those that give a thumbs down are likely unaware of that or fans of one of the bottom 26 teams during that same time period.

  10. Excuses for poor player personnel. They traded too many first or second round picks for players who simply did not contribute in the grand scheme of things. They wasted too many picks on project offensive linemen and RB’s and there was a clear drop-off in their drafting ability after the hauls of 2010,2011 and 2012. Wilson will keep them afloat and I still believe the division is up for grabs so we’ll see, but this team is not returning to the SB glory.

  11. Once Carlton Banks threw that Superbowl losing interception they should have traded him.

  12. “Plenty of players on the Seahawks of past years (and a few who are still on the roster) resent Russell Wilson.”

    never really saw any evidence to convince me that the above wasn’t more of a media narrative than anything else.

    what’s happening to the hawks is what happens to every good team – players get older and either earn bigger contracts, or start to get injured, or both. it all happened quicker than i’d figured, but it’s not the first time we’ve seen this pattern.

    hawks won 9 games last year, and people are acting like they won 4 – they’ve still got a core of 6-8 very good players, so yeah, we’ll see if Schneider/Carroll can fill out a contending roster for a second time. It’s been a really fun 6 years, sports it’s always cyclical.

  13. When did Schneider “fill in” the OL around the team? And you can’t replace the fans who were denied a 2nd SB victory that needed 1 yard to secure it. Wilson with no OL and no defense equals disaster. This is year 7 for Wilson. Defenses now know his game. Schneider doesn’t have a clue!

  14. The Seahawks legacy will always be the super bowl they lost cuz butler,,,,,they have done nothing for decades,,see the fans bail out the stadium at half time when the rams crushed em?lol,,,,priceless

  15. I wonder what the team’s plans would be if they had a decent kicker. Walsh lost 3 games for them. Who knows, they could have made it to the playoffs and maybe even make it to the Superbowl… Pay the kicker dammit…..

  16. If the Seahawks had drafted better over the last 5 years then this wouldn’t be a problem.
    No one is expecting another Legion of Boom, but the drafting hasn’t been even average.

  17. dukeearl says:
    March 31, 2018 at 5:22 pm
    Laugh is on you niners816. TXAM would have lost that case. They had no prior claim on it either. Seahawks had several people on staff that were grads. If Seattle had chosen to pursue the claim they would have won. Not fun to mess up a University over a slogan. Settle offered to pay to get it out of the courts. They did. Oh, btw… 12’s is the name Seattle came up with. TXAM had “12th man”.
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    You guys need a life.

  18. BraceForImpact says:

    The same fans who deserted their stadium in the middle of a NFC Championship game like there was a fire drill?
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    Watch the Sound FX for the OT period of that game. As they pan the crowd during the game winning touchdown, the stands are FULL. I dare you to watch it. There were maybe 100 idiot smokers who just couldn’t wait five minutes to put another nail in their coffins. The rest of us were filling the stadium and laughing at the Packers. Good try though. Thanks for playing!

  19. Schneider has lost his mind. What process? The process where you give up early picks for players you don’t re-sign?

    The process where you lose 6 or 7 of your top 10 players and you have no 2nd or 3rd round pick this year? Also no 2nd rounder next year?

    The process where each of the guys you are trying to replace is objectively lesser?

    They almost cleaned house with the coaches, and Ken Norton is a downgrade.

    Duane Brown still hasn’t gotten his extension. So that meager cap space is going to be dwindled even more.

    The guy is implying they are going to score on all those 5th and 6th round picks they have and won’t miss the likes of Avril, Sherman, Chancellor, Bennett, S. Richardson, P. Richardson, Graham, etc.

    Meanwhile they still have a line that is eventually going to get Wilson killed.

    All in a division where the Rams and 49ers are ascending, and the Cardinals still have a good deal of talent.

    Seahawks EASILY could be 4th in the NFC West next season.

  20. This is not the first time… I remember when they cleaned house before. Hasslebeck, Tatupu, Trufant, etc..
    I remember thinking, wow, I don’t know this team. They were still my team and it was going to take awhile to get my mind around all the changes and get behind this team.
    That was 2011.
    7 years, 2 Super Bowls and 1 Lombardi later, I’ve learned to trust the process. Any Seahawks fan that thinks otherwise is not a fan.
    Win or lose I AM A 12!
    G O. S E A H A W K S ! ! !

  21. jackedupboonie says:
    March 31, 2018 at 9:54 pm
    Seattle has the best QB in the division. They got this!
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    This team has not been the same since the last minute of Super Bowl 49. You had Wilson last year and missed the playoffs.

  22. You don’t trust the process being run by a GM that may be the worst drafting gm of the last 5 years. Their drafting as of late is just embarrassing and that team just doesn’t have much talent anymore. They have one player on offense that is even worth mentioning. Their dline is pretty mediocre now and theIr secondary isn’t any good anymore either. Their lbs are the only group worth mentioning. Won’t be able to fix it with the picks they have this year and the drafting of that gm. Enjoy last in the West. They may win 6 games if they’re lucky.

  23. Fun to see the same niner fans that were on here in 2011-2012 back. Missed you since your were sent packing by Sherman in the NFC Championship game. Haven’t heard much from you for the last 5+ years but now you’re back with all the hope and for some reason 100% belief that you’re contenders again. Jimmy, John and Kyle have done nothing yet. It’s been what 27 years since “nobody had it better” than you so I’d take a wait and see approach if I were you.

  24. jackedupboonie says:
    March 31, 2018 at 9:54 pm
    Seattle has the best QB in the division. They got this

    Not sure what division you think your in,but statistically for 5 games Jimmy was best qb in NFL not just division. Maybe he comes down some and Goff was probably better. Plus no one not even the GOAT,Montana can pass from his back so enjoy. Plus you got this as compared to what? Cause it sure looked like you had it the last 3 years. 2 early playoff exits and a none playoff team. Wooo your sure gonna take the league by storm. I love these fans that think a qbs is all you need,packer fans learned the hard way that’s not true. So enjoy your wonderland I wish I could live there,oh and Wilson weather you want to debate jimmy or not Wilson is certainly no Rodgers. He can’t do it yet Wilson a none top 5 qb will? I guess it’s cause your team has never had a qb before and so you must think it’s all you need,top 5 qbs brees,Rodgers,Brady,Wentz,Ben,plus I would put rivers above him and cousins well jimmy as well,so you guys loved tearing into 9ers in 14 offseason well enjoy your karma. It’s actually Erie similar,mass exodus of talent,GM who hadn’t had a good draft the previous 3 seasons and your coming off your first average season 8-8 for 9ers and 9-7 for Seattle yup. Enjoy reap what you sow.

  25. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    March 31, 2018 at 8:52 pm
    John Schneider is no Belichick that’s for sure.
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    I couldn’t agree more. Schneider doesn’t CHEAT.

  26. No way do you just remove 3 or 4 of your core defensive players and not suffer at least in the short term. Removing malcontents usually makes your team stronger eventually but it will take at least a season or two and only if you get talented replacements.

  27. Agree 100%. As long as Russell Wilson is healthy, the Seahawks are contenders. Finding a great QB is 95% of a GM’s job. It’s easy to fill out the rest of the roster. You just have to manage the cap, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. Trust the process. Schneider has earned that trust.

  28. Aaron Rodgers went to the NFC Championship the last time he was healthy. Russell Wilson won atleast 1 playoff game 5/6 years and was only derailed by a kicker losing 3 games from winning another and making it 6/6. Clara went 6-10 and the Rams lost a home wild card round playoff game. It’s Russell Wilson on top of the mountain, with Goff and done nothing Garoppolo just getting out of their Bentlys at the trailhead.

  29. you are rebuilding..you waited too late to re-tool on the fly. you got nothing for sherman and little for michae bennett and now you cannot afford earl thomas, not to mention russell
    wilson’s contact cannot protect you anymore. ego is a very nasty thing

  30. tylawspick6 says:
    you are rebuilding..you waited too late to re-tool on the fly. you got nothing for sherman and little for michae bennett and now you cannot afford earl thomas, not to mention russell
    wilson’s contact cannot protect you anymore. ego is a very nasty thing
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    They have plenty of cap space. You should talk about things you actually know about. And why do you always need to comment on Seahawks stories? What are you afraid of?

    BTW, everybody knows your cheater QB is juicing. Nobody gets better beyond age 35 unless they’re on the good stuff. When will he get caught?

  31. re: jmc8888
    or they could just as easily take first.

    They beat the rams in LA… Jimmy G could be a flop now that the teams have tape (and time) to study him.

  32. They dumped the complainer on Philly and kicked Sherman to curb, Arvil and Cam will be gone after they fail their physicals. 34 million will be enough, now that the stupid money has been spent. Resign Thomas or trade him and get rolling. Damn 3 games of the baseball season has just been played and already we are talking about NFL playoffs SMH…..

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