Pete Carroll and John Schneider love to defy convention. They take cornerbacks that everyone else says are too tall and stiff, and make them into All-Pros and spendy free agents. They take a player like Bruce Irvin in the first round, far higher than projected, get eight sacks out of him as a rookie defensive end, and promptly convert him into a linebacker. Most famously, they take a short quarterback in the third round after already paying free agent dollars for the position, and give him the starting job out of training camp.
These moves came before the ascendency to Super Bowl champion, but the pair's love of independent thought still burns brightly. That is why it is worth a moment to consider the move they could make that defies league standards more than any other. What if Schneider and Carroll choose not to keep their young franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson? What might the signs be that they are considering such a shocking possibility, and how would that play out on the field? Do your best Carroll and Schneider impersonation, and consider the improbable.