When it comes time to write the history of the NFL during the 2010s, The Seattle Seahawks will claim a solid chunk of the early chapters. They were the team to beat during the early 2010s, and that's thanks in large part to their general manager, John Schneider.
He was the architect behind the Legion of Boom defense and he drafted Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. But despite these respectable accomplishments, Schneider has never won Executive of the Year.
Since John Schneider became Seahawks GM in 2010 he has never been named the NFL's Executive of the Year. Of the nine who have been in that time, six have now been fired, including Mike Maccagnan today by the Jets. Of the other three, one is the unfireable Jerry Jones.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 15, 2019
It's pretty ironic that six of the nine who won it since 2010 have been fired. Schneider's job security has never come into question during his time in Seattle.
He put together a Super Bowl team in 2014 and was able to reach the big game again the following season. And even though they never reached the Super Bowl again after the 2015 season, Schneider was able to keep his team viable throughout the decade, only missing the playoffs once.
The Seahawks, not the Packers, should have been the dynasty of the 2010s.— Scott Kacsmar (@ScottKacsmarNFL) April 4, 2019
GB should have won more than it did, but that 2010 defense was really the outlier. Seattle had it going on both sides and only won one SB.
The fact that Schneider was only able to put together one Super Bowl roster is a bit underwhelming, but if it wasn't for the Russell Wilson interception on the one-yard line against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49, who knows what would've happened. They may have won that game and sparked a dynasty, but really it's impossible to say.
Nevertheless, few GM's have sustained success as long as Schneider has with the Seahawks. It's a travesty he doesn't have at least one NFL Executive of the Year award.