While Pete Carroll is demanding the most attention right now (especially with his rumored GM-like "President" rumors), the Seahawks are quietly continuing their GM search. While it is still believed that Pat Kirwan will be part of the decision-making team, he is by no means confirmed as the GM. I thought it might be worth an update of the six names we were sure were on the list:
- Ruston Webster - Seattle Seahawks: It eeked out quietly that Webster is no longer under consideration for the GM position.
- Tom Heckert - Philadelphia Eagles: It is all but confirmed that Heckert will serve as the general manager under Mike Holmgren in Cleveland. He has canceled his interview with the Seahawks.
- Eric DeCosta - Baltimore Ravens: DeCosta canceled his interview when the information about Carroll started pouring out. With the AP now reporting that Carroll will not have complete control, there's always an outside chance that he'll interview, but its very unlikely that he'll be our guy. My long-time favorite for the search.
- Steve Keim - Arizona Cardinals: We have no word from any source that the Seahawks have attempted to contact Keim.
- John Schneider - Green Bay Packers: The Seahawks will interview Schneider by mid-week, and he remains very much in play. Currently, Schneider is the Director of Football Operations, which is likely what the Seahawks' president role would entail. Michael Lombardi reported that Schneider is the front runner as of yesterday afternoon, but its unclear whether the Carroll news was legit by that point.
- Marc Ross - New York Giants: Still possible that Ross is merely a Rooney Rule guy, but it's unlikely. Ross is a big time up and comer, and while he may not end up with the GM job, he has proven his mettle as a talent evaluator and could be given a promotion and more money even without the GM title. He will also meet with Seattle early in the week.