With the Seattle Seahawks set to take on the Atlanta Falcons Sunday during Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, many fans are set to get one of the changes they have wanted to see for some time granted. Specifically, for unspecified personal reasons and for an indefinite amount of time, the Seahawks will have a new special teams coordinator.
Pete Carroll said special teams Brian Schneider has left the team indefinitely for personal reasons. Larry Izzo will take over special teams duties.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) September 11, 2020
The special teams units for Seattle have performed relatively poorly in recent seasons, and hopes for a change had been dashed each offseason when head coach Pete Carroll consistently stood by Schneider. Even during the 2018 offseason, which saw long time coaches Darrell Bevell, Tom Cable and Kris Richard all fired, Brian Schneider maintained his role as Special Teams Coordinator.
However, for the time being Larry Izzo, who broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent playing special teams for Jimmy Johnson and the Miami Dolphins, and who won three Super Bowls under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots, will take over. How long Schneider’s absence will last is unknown, but wishing him the best with whatever personal matter it is that will keep him away from the team.