Under Schneider and Carroll’s leadership, the Seahawks have reached the postseason nine times in 11 seasons since they were hired in 2010, and in eight of the past nine seasons. The Seahawks have won five NFC West titles, including in 2020 when they went 12-4, and have reached two Super Bowls, winning the team’s first title in Super Bowl XLVIII. By returning to the Super Bowl the following season, the Seahawks became the only team other than New England to play in consecutive Super Bowls this century. The Seahawks have also compiled nine straight winning seasons, the longest current streak in the NFL.
Schneider and his scouting department have acquired some of the best players in franchise history, and some of the most accomplished of the last decade, acquiring 24 players who have gone on to earn Pro-Bowl honors as Seahawks—11 draft picks, six trade acquisitions, six free-agent signings, and one undrafted rookie free agent. Of those players, 12 have also earned first or second-team All-Pro honors as Seahawks. And four of those players, along with Carroll were named to the 2010s All-Decade team selected by the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Marshawn Lynch.
And over the past decade, the partnership Schneider and Carroll have formed, one that started in January of 2010 with the two of them practically living together at the VMAC for several months before their families joined them in Seattle, has been at the center of the sustained success the Seahawks have enjoyed that is so rare in today’s NFL.
The goal of those first months together was, as Schneider explained last year, was to “get to know each other as well as we possibly could so that we can make this the best marriage, the best head coach and general manager marriage, in NFL history.”
And 11 years in, Schneider and Carroll have indeed made their mark as one of the best GM/coach duos in the business.