Friday, June 21, 2013
Coaches, general managers and contracts
By Mike Sando
Our Future Power Rankings seek to identify which teams are best positioned for success in 2016. That made me wonder which NFC West teams had their head coaches and general managers under contract that far into the future.
A look at the landscape for each NFC West team:
- Arizona Cardinals: Coach Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim signed contracts through the 2016 season. In both cases, the team has an option for 2017. These two are just starting out together.
- St. Louis Rams: Coach Jeff Fisher signed a five-year contract running through the 2016 season. GM Les Snead is signed through the 2015 season. Fisher and Snead were hired at about the same time. They enter their second season together with the NFL's youngest roster.
- Seattle Seahawks: Coach Pete Carroll's five-year deal runs through the 2014 season. GM John Schneider initially signed a three-year deal through 2012. Schneider and the Seahawks quietly extended his contract through 2016. The deal has been done for more than a year, without fanfare. Carroll would seem to be in line for an extension over the next year or so.
- San Francisco 49ers: Coach Jim Harbaugh's five-year deal runs through the 2015 season. GM Trent Baalke is signed through the 2016 season as part of an extension the team announced in February 2012. The 49ers are pretty much set.