John Schneider helping the Seahawks win a Super Bowl and posing shirtless in a WWE title belt reminded me: John Schneider used to be a Redskins guy. For one year. He replaced Vinny Cerrato — whom Marty Schottenheimer fired — and was, in turn, replaced by Vinny Cerrato.
May 25, 2001, Washington Post: [Marty] Schottenheimer is scheduled to interview Seattle Seahawks director of player personnel John Schneider today for the personnel director job.
May 26, 2001, Washington Post: Marty Schottenheimer interviewed Seattle Seahawks director of player personnel John Schneider for the Redskins’ personnel director job yesterday. Schneider worked with Schottenheimer in Kansas City and could challenge Ken Herock as the favorite for the job if he is willing to make what amounts to a lateral move. Schottenheimer left open the possibility of interviewing more candidates next week.
May 29, 2001, Washington Post: John Schneider is leaning toward leaving the Seattle Seahawks’ front office to become the Washington Redskins’ director of player personnel, NFL sources said yesterday. The Redskins’ lengthy search for a successor to Vinny Cerrato, who was fired by Coach Marty Schottenheimer in January, could take another twist. Schottenheimer said early in the search process he likely would not be able to hire Schneider, and Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren said last week he would like to keep Schneider in Seattle. But Holmgren allowed Schneider, the Seahawks’ director of player personnel, to interview for the job and said last week he would be gracious in allowing Schneider to leave Seattle if Schneider felt the Redskins’ job was a better position.
May 30, 2001, AP: John Schneider, who spent three years in the Kansas City Chiefs’ front office while Schottenheimer was head coach, reached agreement in principle Wednesday to become the Redskins’ vice president of player personnel. Schneider will manage the scout staff and oversee preparations for the NFL draft. His hiring takes a tremendous load off Schottenheimer, who has been running virtually every football-related aspect of the Redskins since becoming head coach and director of football operations in January.
May 31, 2001, Washington Times: The scouting staff is expected to undergo a major reshuffling for the second straight year. Former personnel director Vinny Cerrato dismissed many longtime scouts in 2000 during his first season with the team. Schottenheimer fired Cerrato in January. Schottenheimer said Schneider is free to assemble his own staff, but some of the current four scouts might remain. “When you hire somebody to do the job, you let them do the job,” Schottenheimer said. “I’ll have some input on who we choose. Ultimately, the decision has to be Schneider’s.”
May 31, 2001, Washington Post: “It’s a very important job,” Schottenheimer said. “In our business, it’s about players….I need somebody with the background to step right in because I’m going to have to devote my focus to coaching the football team.”
June 1, 2001, AP: Schneider is 30 and looks younger, but Schottenheimer warned that looks can be deceiving. “He’s a bulldog, and I think you have to be a bulldog on the personnel side,” Schottenheimer said. “He’s only 30 years old. That doesn’t bother me. He’s got nine years’ experience. He’s got a Super Bowl ring. I don’t have a Super Bowl ring.”
June 2, 2001, Washington Times: Schneider, at a news conference to announce his hiring formally, said he looks forward to the challenge of a job that puts him a step closer to a general manager’s role.
June 16, 2001, Washington Post: The team hired Tag Ribary as director of pro personnel and Scott Campbell as director of college scouting. They will coordinate the Redskins’ scouting efforts and report to John Schneider, who was hired by Schottenheimer recently as the Redskins’ vice president of player personnel.
October 9, 2001, Washington Post: Schottenheimer hired John Schneider in July as vice president of player personnel, but he is 30, has never had any power in previous jobs and last worked for another authoritarian coach in Holmgren at Seattle. Mark Levin negotiates some contracts and is a widely regarded salary cap expert in the front office, but like Schneider, reports directly to Schottenheimer, who signs off on every decision.
December 25, 2001, Washington Post: Following the news conference, Schottenheimer was asked if he intends to change his coaching staff and add a general manager to the team’s front office, and he said: “I will not. Neither.” He said he believes the club can win with its current coaches and front office configuration. Snyder gave Schottenheimer total control of football operations when he hired him in January, and the coach hired John Schneider to head the club’s scouting operations as vice president of player personnel. The Redskins do not have anyone with the title of general manager.
January 6, 2002, Washington Post: Schottenheimer has not said whether he would want to remain as coach if Snyder hires a general manager. John Schneider, who was hired by Schottenheimer as the Redskins’ vice president of player personnel, probably would be dismissed if Snyder hires a new GM, sources said.
January 16, 2002, Washington Post: The Redskins fired John Schneider, their vice president of player personnel, yesterday. He was the No. 2 man in the Redskins’ football operations department behind Schottenheimer this past season. Schottenheimer was fired Sunday night as the Redskins’ head coach and director of football operations.
January 28, 2002, Washington Post: The Washington Redskins hired Vinny Cerrato today as their director of player personnel. It will be the second stint with the team for Cerrato, who held the same job for two seasons before being fired last year by then-coach Marty Schottenheimer….He will work for Joe Mendes, who was hired by Snyder last week as the Redskins’ vice president of football operations. Cerrato will oversee the club’s scouting operations, and he and Mendes will join Snyder and Coach Steve Spurrier in having the major voices in the team’s player moves.
February 17, 2002, Boston Globe: A guy you’ve never heard of, John Schneider, is in the midst of a tug-of-war involving the Seahawks, Packers, and Eagles, and he’ll never play a down for any of them. Schneider, 30, is considered a rising star in personnel matters around the league, and after being fired by the Redskins, he is negotiating with those three teams, plus a fourth he wouldn’t name.
March 28, 2002, AP: John Schneider has rejoined the Green Bay Packers as personnel analyst to the general manager. Schneider, a 30-year-old Green Bay native who returns to both his personal and professional roots, rejoins the Packers organization after spending three years with the Kansas City Chiefs, one year with the Seattle Seahawks and, most recently, the 2001 season as vice president of personnel for the Washington Redskins.
(Schneider would remain with the Packers in various jobs until January of 2010, when he was named Seattle’s GM.)