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February 11, 2015 at 11:22 AM

Seahawks GM John Schneider discuss Lynch, Super Bowl, Maxwell free agency

Seahawks general manager John Schneider spoke with Mitch Levy on Sports Radio 950 KJR this morning. The (mostly) full transcript of what Schneider said is below, but here are a couple highlights:

— Schneider said the Patriots “exploited” some matchups in the Seahawks’ secondary after Seattle lost  cornerback Jeremy Lane to injury.

—As far as a hometown discount for quarterback Russell Wilson, who has begun negotiations with the team, Schneider didn’t have much to say about that.

— Schneider said he didn’t know if running back Marshawn Lynch was mulling retirement because he was unhappy with his contract or because he just didn’t want to play anymore. He also didn’t have a timetable for when he would have an answer to that question.

— Schneider was asked about cornerback Byron Maxwell and his pending free agency, and his answer sounded a lot like a general manager who knew he probably wouldn’t be able to re-sign Maxwell. Schneider said Maxwell would attract a lot of attention on the free agent market. He also said the Seahawks would make their best effort to keep him, but said he didn’t know if that would be good enough.

— Schneider said there’s a 50/50 chance injured receiver Paul Richardson (knee) would start the year on the PUP list, meaning he’d miss at least part of next season. That’s not that surprising considering Richardson’s injury.

— Levy also asked Schneider about the possibility of signing a big-money guy (he was obviously talking about defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who is from Portland and has reportedly expressed interest in wanting to play for the Seahawks. Schneider said he liked draft picks and wouldn’t answer the question because doing so would be tampering and he would risk losing draft picks.

Full transcript below:

On the last play in the Super Bowl: “Well, first of all, for those that don’t know I’m 5 foot 8 so I could barely see on the sidelines there. I didn’t know they had big people on the field so, of course, your initial reaction is, ‘We’re in shotgun and we just got down to the 1-yard line. What’s going on?’ I couldn’t see the heavies come on the field. I think the bigger question really is whether or not, do you trust the staff? Do you trust their preparation? Do you trust their game preparation, their game management? Just like they trust us with acquisitions, managing all the departments, anybody that’s touching the players, they trust us with that. And we trust that they’re going to make the correct decisions during the game. In that specific instance, I just didn’t know what was going on. It was hard for me to see. I didn’t know there were big people on the field. Right after that, it’s all about a healing process right away.”

On analyzing the Super Bowl had it not been for the last play: “Jeremy Lane made a great play in the end zone. We lose him. We have some shuffling in our defensive backfield right away. There were some matchups that were exploited, quite frankly, on their end. They did a great job with it. We lost Cliff (Avril). What happened was once Cliff left the game, Tom Brady’s quarterback rating went up in a pretty strong manor. And also the missed tackles. That’s the one thing that stands out…I think the injuries really took a toll on our defense.”

On Russell Wilson taking a potential hometown discount and whether that’s fair: “I would just ask that we’re not going to discuss negotiations with the fans or with the public in any manner. I hope people respect that because it’s a club deal, it’s an individual deal. There’s certain things that go into each negotiation. Every negotiation is so unique, and he’s no different. He’s the quarterback of this football team. He has a bright, bright future, and he’s a wonderful football player and an amazing person. We’ve talked to his representatives, but it’s so, so early in the process. There’s nothing really to read into anything at this point other than the fact that the light that guides us all the time is we’re going to do what’s best for the organization and trying to keep everybody together as long as we possibly can. That’s really what guides us….We just don’t know what’s coming. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen with Russell, I can’t tell you what’s going to happen with Marshawn Lynch. What I was trying to say yesterday is we’re just going to continue to keep attacking this thing all the time and be thinking outside the box and be striving toward greatness and excellence in everything we do.”

On his previous comments about Marshawn Lynch’s retirement: “I just feel these guys, especially Marshawn, he’s such a heartbeat guy. He’s such a core of what we’re doing here and the manner in which he runs the ball, I think everybody can relate to this to a certain extent just watching him play: It takes a toll on your body, and there’s a lot of preparation that goes into getting yourself ready to play a season. People need time to make that decision, kind of give themselves a little bit of a reset button if you will. It’s different with a lot of positions, but especially with that position and the way he runs the ball, the way he attacks the field. Everybody feeds off it. We want to have him back. He knows it. He knows that if he comes back and plays, he’s going to be playing at a different number than he’s scheduled to make. That’s all I can tell you.”

On Marshawn Lynch contemplating retirement based on the contract he gets or is it simply wants to play anymore: “I don’t know the answer to that yet. We’re hoping to find that out as soon as we possibly can.”

On Marshawn Lynch and how he would describe the communication between him and the organization: “I think it’s a great question, Mitch. It’s one that the theme I rely on there is what’s best for the organization. And what’s best for the organization is how each one of these players treats people in the building. How they treat the trainers, how they treat the coaches, how they treat the equipment guys. And most importantly, how are they as a teammate? He’s probably one of the most beloved teammates these guys have.”

How is he in the first part of the equation? He’s great with the equipment guys and everybody in the building? “Yeah, he’s great. He’s one of the most unique individuals I’ve been around. He’s one of the most giving. He’s obviously not a public person and has very strong opinions on things. But there’s a lot of things he does for a lot of people that people don’t know about. He’s got a big heart and great intentions. It’s just a matter of how he expresses those, and everybody expresses those in a different manner. Whether or not I agree with them or disagree with them is not relevant because the most important thing for me is he treats everybody well. That’s exactly what he does downstairs. If you talk to any of his teammates and you watch the way he handles his teammates. If you watch Paul Richardson go down with an ACL injury n the field, and he’s sprinting across the field and concerned about him. Or whether there’s any sort of incident on the field with the pushing and shoving, he’s the first guy in there. Those guys respect that. That may seem trivial to some, but it’s extremely important to the team and to the organization.”

On cornerback Byron Maxwell’s pending free agency: “Based on what the landscape looks like from our eyes, he would be very highly sought after. Now, are we going to give it a good ride and try to do what we feel is appropriate for our organization and try to keep him? Absolutely. Is it going to be good enough? I can’t answer that. I really don’t know…Where his market goes, I think should be extremely high. Whether or not we’ll be able to keep him, I’m not sure. But we’re going to do whatever we can to try to do that.”

On whether injured receiver Paul Richardson (knee surgery) could be ready by the start of next season: “Paul’s surgery went real well, which is crazy because I’ve never had a doctor tell me that a surgery didn’t go well. But, no, his surgery went great, and he’s such a freak athlete that I wouldn’t put anything past him. But I think there’s a 50/50 chance that he goes into the PUP window, and we need to continue to address that position much like we do every position. We don’t look at this thing like, What’s your No. 1 need or No. 2 need? We’re looking at this thing like, How do we improve every position on a daily basis?”








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