Choosing John Schneider over Floyd Reese as Seahawks general manager would qualify as a mild upset on the surface.
Reese was the one with known ties to new coach Pete Carroll. Schneider was the one with ties to the previous Seahawks administration, having worked in Seattle under Mike Holmgren.
Seahawks general counsel Lance Lopes would be the common thread through Carroll and Schneider. Lopes' brother worked with Carroll at USC. Lopes and Schneider worked together in Green Bay.
Reese had more experience than Schneider -- he is more than 20 years older -- but Schneider has a strong personnel lineage with roots in the approach Ron Wolf used to remake the Packers. Schneider has worked closely with Packers GM Ted Thompson, Holmgren's former right-hand man in Seattle.
More to come.