New Seahawks coach Pete Carroll should know by now which candidate he wants for general manager.
How can the team hire anyone else?
The Seahawks want someone to work closely, collaboratively and amicably with Carroll. The personal dynamics between coach and GM are important to Leiweke and owner Paul Allen. They want to avoid the dysfunction that undermined past front-office relationships in Seattle.
It's tough to imagine Carroll sizing up the candidates and reacting with indifference. Carroll will have a favorite. Leiweke might have a favorite. General counsel Lance Lopes might have a favorite. Allen might have a favorite.
It's possible all parties will settle on the same candidate. That would be the best result for the organization. It's also reasonable to think some involved with the search went into the process favoring a candidate.
One candidate, Patriots senior football adviser Floyd Reese, worked with Carroll years ago and, unlike the other known candidates, is of similar age. Another candidate, Packers director of football operations John Schneider, worked with Lopes in Green Bay from 1993 to 1996.
I'm expecting a decision in the next few days.