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Two compensatory 3rd round picks to the Rams . . . so we cross Morris off the list.

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I really like Mike McDonald and Ben Johnson! That is where I think I would probably end up! Although Raheem Morris is definitely worth a second interview or thought at minimum. My first instinct was let's go get Dan Quinn! I still like that idea, especially since he has actually been a Head Coach once already! You Truly do get insights from having done it before, Learnings etc.!!! We all have to trust JS, which honestly makes ME nervous. He has an eye for QB's, But IMHO he has really not done that well in the draft (after 2013) until the last two years! and I feel, that was some more input from Pete, or at least it felt that way!~ He certainly doesn't seem to get it with (usually) the O-line and D-line overall! -Big Picture! WE Shall soon find out!!! I truly believe that this team in adding a top notch Center ( draft another RT to cover the base's) Two decent NT types ,then maybe 1 FA lb Then draft decent - They are close to being very good!!! I Know I could make them better than they've been - OK , Ya Right!

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I have argued for sometime that much of this is a smoke screen and that the real list is Canales, Slovick, Johnson. My reasoning is that they each fit the Green Bay model of a play calling head coach who is manages the QB, thereby aligning the HC with the most important position and team leader. But last night I wondered what if I am wrong and John agreed with Pete that the primary identity of the Seahawks should be running the ball and stopping the run, but disagreed on how the Seahawks were going about accomplishing this goal. Stopping the run requires great interior players to do it. The Lions made it a priority and drafted and acquired the players to do it and now have one of the best run defense in the NFL. The Seahawks drafted a cornerback instead of a tackle and went with a future Hall of Fame but aging linebacker a failed prospect, and a guy recovering from serious injury at linebacker and group of d line who all had issues stopping the run and had to resort to a rent a tackle and were among the worst at stopping. It would be fair to say that Pittsburgh ran them right of the playoffs. When it comes to running the ball the Seahawks despite drafting 2 running backs in the second round are no better. Not because the backs are bad but because the offensive line cannot block for them. They don’t pass block very well either but part of that is defenses don’t worry about the Seahawks running. The Seahawks can move the ball in the middle but struggle in the red zone because teams don’t worry about the Seahawks running it in. The result is two years into the rebuild they are actually regressing at doing the two things they said they were committed to.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over but Pete was doing that by looking for great DBs and running backs. The run defense can be turned around quickly by making it a personal priority. When it comes to running the ball, Going with Waldron and Geno and running it back again is a commitment to throwing the ball not running it. Building an offense line is hard (ask the Giants) but there is a short cut - a running QB. Reports had the Seahawks linked to Richardson- comp Josh Allen but they weren’t willing to do what it took. There is going to be running QB available this year too. Kenneth you are not going to like this but he is not in the draft and he is available for a third round pick this year or a second next - Fields. If you have deal in the works for Fields then the Giants because he made the Giants competitive 2 years ago by using his qb as runner even if he wasn’t an elite runner like Hurts, Allen or Lamar.

In my heart I don’t think that is what John is doing but it does match the HC candidates coming for an in-person interviews.

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I agree with most of what your saying! The big issue and question is the O-line? They were severely injured this last year and any O-linemen will tell you it takes some time to jell and actually work properly ,which is what it takes as an O-line! They really only need a FA top notch center ( draft another RTackle and guard for safety concerns) But the FA Center and playing together for abit fixes 90% of the lines problems - Fix That , the run game appears- and then the pass game gets better!!!~! So Here we are again needing to fix the D!!!!!!!!

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Personally I think this list of second interviews tells us two very important and welcome things:

- The Seahawks are going to be thorough in their search, because they are interviewing all these guys twice while giving Johnson, Macdonald and Slowik time to actually prep once they are available for face-to-face interviews

- JS is holding on to roster control with both hands and squeezing for dear life. Harbaugh and Belichick have been free for interviews and haven't had them, as they would want final say on player personnel and input on coaches. Vrabel is likely the same, though more willing to cede some control to JS as his market is shallower so I think he might get an interview during the Pro Bowl, once LAC & ATL land the big fish and Vrabel has grown bored of sitting on the sideline.

I do also think there's a chance Vrabel is on a promise with WAS, however, who would likely give him a greater level of roster control.

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Not buying new hotshot GM in DC ceding any roster control to Vrabel.

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Being a fan of NFL football does not make me an expert, far from it, but it does create certain feelings and impressions. Sean McVay is a great offensive play caller. I also understand He is a great teacher for his players and his coaches . I do know that Sean, McVay, and Kyle Shanahan were the ones being talked about when their time came, matter of record. Who is the next great coach for the Seahawks , Who knows? I do know that in horse racing the favorite wins about 33% of the time. The coach that everybody seems to want gives you at least one out of three. Shot of being right,. that and crossing your fingers also helps.

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About those candidates: If you are a coordinator for a team that’s made it into the playoffs how in the world would you find time to interview for a HC position? I suppose it has everything to do with what goes on in the first interview. I’d love to be a fly on the wall. Any insight you can provide on what happens in the first and subsequent interviews would be greatly appreciated. I have been on both sides of job interviews but for this job… I am clueless.

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I read an article today by Peter King which intimated that these initial interviews are held over Zoom/Teams/whatever and last 1-2 hours with some broad strokes questions. He didn't give any specific questions but I imagine it's stuff like:

- What would be your first changes to our offense/defense/ST?

- What do you think of our [position group] room?

- How would you prepare for [divisional opponent]?

How the co-ordinators manage such interviews while prepping for, in most cases, the biggest games of their career to date is probably best summarised with 2 words: no sleep.

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I knew they were zoom meetings, and I figured they probably weren’t deep. Dive questions. I mentored some sharp folks who were interviewing for jobs when I was a supervisor, I always told them not to go on about their skills, knowledge and abilities (SKA). They were fully qualified or they wouldn’t be getting an interview. The interview is for-the revue panel to figure out if you will fit in with the team, what’s your approach to problem solving are you a our son who has an invisible wall built around you. Would be really interesting to observe.

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“…the Seahawks are not interested in making a splash and that they’re leaning towards someone who can focus his attention on the defense…”

Apologies, Ken, but this is not the point. To the extent that the roster here is accurate, these are the coaches who connected with John Schneider. Think of that as something that is necessary but not sufficient, which is why there is a second round of interviews.

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Hey, how about Bruce Arians? How about Kirby Smart?

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Bruce is a hard guy to deal with and has significant health problems

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Five seconds doesn't seem like enough time for an interview. Heh heh

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I’m sure JS is just doing his due diligence. As I’m watching the Lions and Bucs, I am thinking about how Ben Johnson could utilize our weapons more effectively!

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Every facet of your game goes better when The Coach has the guys into full-on kick-ass mode. Take the Lion's center, who normally would take a seat after his early injury yesterday. He shook it off and continued the entire game, knowing this is IT. No doubt Ben's backup center would have done a decent job, but dominate? No. Same with TE Sam LaPorta. Unless we get a new Coach who exudes Butt Kicking, we will fall into disappointments, as these other teams excel. People watch the games for more than entertainment. It helps them adjust their attitudes in overcoming daily challenges.

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Did they interview him yesterday?

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