Some interesting words from former Kansas City Chiefs GM Carl Peterson on the Brock and Salk show on ESPN 710 in Seattle, Washington.
The hosts were asking Peterson about the newly available GM job with the Seattle Seahawks and what makes a good general manager. Peterson, always the salesman, seemed to lay out a case for himself as the GM, whether it was intentional or not.
He said having a strong relationship with ownership, top executives and the head coach is one of the most important aspects of being a good GM.
Owner Paul Allen: "I hope and wish Paul Allen is doing well."
CEO Tod Leiweke: "I know Tod very well and have had many conversations with him. I respect and admire the way he does his job."
Head coach Jim Mora Jr: "Jim Mora is very close to Carl Peterson and his family. As you know, Jim Mora Sr. and I coached together at UCLA under a guy by the name of Dick Vermeil. Then a 100 years later Jim Mora Sr. was my head football coach in Philadelphia in the USFL."
Good relationships with all the key players? Check.
So why is the Seahawks job in particular intriguing?
"I think it's a marvelous job for someone who would like to be a general manager in the NFL, or has been or aspires to be a GM."
"I think it ranks in the top 10 in the NFL without question," Peterson said when asked where the Seahawks job ranks. "First of all, as I've always believed it starts with ownership, then facilities. It has all of that. And Seattle, Washington is a nice place to live. It's a little different than Buffalo, New York, not to take anything away from that, or Cleveland, Ohio or even Kansas City."
Carl was asked point blank if he would be interested in the Seahawks GM job.
"I'm not gonna go there," he said. "I appreciate that. It's always flattering. Let me say this, I was so fortunate to be able to have this position for 20 years with the Chiefs. I don't think that will happen again because that longevity doesn't happen in the NFL [anymore]. The Not For Fun League, as we all know it."
Hmm...since his reign with the Chiefs ended nearly a year ago, he's been connected to the Dolphins and now the Seahawks.