Carroll and Schneider on the same page

RENTON. Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is known for having a great relationship with his players, but he says his working relationship with Seahawks general manager John Schneider is the key to what the team has accomplished.

“I think it’s absolutely the most crucial relationship,” Carroll said. “All of the decisions that we make, we make together. The fact that we communicate so well and we trust one another so much has helped us throughout. I don’t know if I said this clearly in the past, but I thought that this relationship would be the one that could be the issue that pushes us over the top if we did it right."

Only four players remain from the era before Carroll and Schneider took over in 2010 -- center Max Unger, defensive linemen Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant, and punter Jon Ryan.

“We’ve done a lot of stuff,’’ Carroll said. “We’ve been very active and we’ll always be that way. So that means that we’ve been challenged, maybe more than other people, because we’ve had so many transactions that we’ve gone through and trades and big draft moments and stuff like that.

“So we set out with the expectations that we would communicate impeccably and we would enhance each other’s strengths and see how that would factor in where we’re going. I’m functioning as well as I can because of John, and I hope that he is too.”