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  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 30, 2014 - 6:33 AM

Carroll credits Schneider for spotting the NFL potential in Wilson and having the steely nerve to let him fall to the third round when Carroll was ready to pull the trigger in the second.

“Really, it was John who led the charge,” Carroll said. “John had it pegged perfectly.”

Schneider used the second-round pick to select Bobby Wagner, now a starting middle linebacker. One round later, Schneider landed a player who quickly became a franchise quarterback with a 2013 salary cap figure of only $690,000. In other words, jackpot.

“To a certain extent, quite honestly I prayed about it a bunch,” Schneider said about waiting to pick Wilson. “We try not to panic in our room. We listen to Reggae music and we don’t have the TVs on. When we have the TVs on, we have the volume turned down. We try to keep a very calm atmosphere where if we need to have discussions, we can talk about it.”

Not complacent

With so little cap space invested in his starting quarterback — by comparison, Peyton Manning counts as $17.5 million against Denver’s cap — Schneider was able to create one of the deepest and most talented defensive lines by signing free agents Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril last offseason.

Schneider also was able to get aggressive at receiver, where he traded for Vikings receiver Percy Harvin and signed him to a six-year, $67 million deal.

Having played only 39 snaps in two games all season because of injuries, Harvin has yet to prove himself worthy of the money and the three draft picks that the Seahawks gave up for him. Of course, that could begin to change quickly with Harvin going full speed with fresh legs in a Super Bowl.

Schneider and Carroll have come a long way since making more than 300 transactions in their first year in Seattle. But neither one appears to be nearing complacency anytime soon.

“John’s done a great job of having the competitive will to keep pushing and fighting and clawing and scratching,” Carroll said. “Everything we’ve done really is an attitude of competing and going for it. Because John and I just have to look at each other to make these choices, it’s pretty easy for us. We really don’t care about what other people think.”

 

Mark Craig • mcraig@startribune.com

 

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