Seahawks tweak personnel department

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Seahawks' decision to hire John Schneider as general manager was a good one for Will Lewis, Tag Ribary and Panthers scout Trent Kirchner.

The team announced Lewis' promotion from pro personnel director to vice president of football operations. Tag Ribary was promoted from pro scout to Lewis' old job as pro personnel director. Kirchner, a Seahawks employee in 2000 and a scout under Schneider with the Redskins in 2001, has been with the Panthers for eight seasons.

These moves maintain continuity in the front office. Lewis, a former Seahawks player, has been with Seattle as pro personnel director since 1999, Mike Holmgren's first season as head coach. Ribary worked for the Seahawks under Randy Mueller throughout the 1990s, working under Schneider in Washington (2001) and then with Kirchner in Carolina before rejoining Seattle last season.

The Seahawks are also retaining Ruston Webster, whose strength is college scouting, and salary-cap administrator John Idzik.

Schneider, Ribary, Kirchner and Lewis worked together in Seattle for the 2000 season. Kirchner is the Seahwaks' assistant director of pro personnel.