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Seahawks Make A Sham of NFL Rules

Let’s set the scene here.  The Seahawks, coming off a terrible season during which they fired their General Manager suddenly find out that Pete Carroll is interested in fleeing USC after making a sham of NCAA rules while at USC.  So, the Seahawks promptly fire head coach Jim Mora after 1 season. (Their hand-picked Mike Holmgren successor mind you, but the hand-picked successor by the now-fired GM.)

Now, Pete Carroll is desperate to leave USC and the Seahawks fired their coach expressly for Pete Carroll who has a 33-31 record as a head coach in the NFL with two different organizations.  The Seahawks put an agreement in place with Carroll for him to be the next head coach of the Seahawks.  But, what is wrong here?  According to NFL rules, the Seahawks have to also interview a minority candidate before hiring a new head coach.  So, the Seahawks and Carroll denied they had any agreement in place and set up a token interview with Leslie Frazier (who is black) and is the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings.

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Sure, the Seahawks complied with the letter of the rule, but since Frazier never really had a chance at the job, it was not a real interview.  So, the Seahawks brought in their token black candidate, gave him a sham interview and then happily signed Pete Carroll to a mega-deal as Carroll escapes NCAA sanctions on USC.

This is not the first time Seattle has skirted the Rooney rule.  They were able to promote (now fired) Jim Mora Jr after Mike Holmgren retired without interviewing another candidate.  Whereas, the Rams would not have been able to promote interim head coach Jim Haslett two seasons ago. (And thank god they did not.)

The fact that teams like the Seahawks can continually do whatever they want without recourse from the NFL reinforces that the teams that have money and influence can do whatever they want.


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3 Responses to “Seahawks Make A Sham of NFL Rules”

  1. RamsHerd says:

    The Seahawks put themselves in a tough spot by deciding on their man before really conducting a “Search.” I’m kind of surprised that Carroll bit on the offer, and perhaps the Seahawks were too.

    The point of the Rooney rule is to advance leading minority candidates, but it’s a fact of life that not every candidate has an equal shot at every job. The Seahawks’ only success came with the Holmgren offensive machine, and a defensive minded coach is going to be at a severe disadvantage in that room, no matter the color. The Leslie Frazier interview in this case probably went like this:

    Seahawks: “How do you feel your experience as head coach at USC, and raising a pro-style championship-caliber offensive program year in and year out, would help the Seahawks?”

    Frazier: “Er, I didn’t do that.”

    Seahawks: “Oh, well then. Thanks anyway, our limo driver will escort you back to the airport.”

    Even though Frazier doesn’t have a chance at this job, he and Ron Rivera are widely regarded as the top two minority candidates. The publicity gained could be more valuable than the interview itself, as now the pull for some team to get Frazier might get that much stronger. My guess is he will be a head coach next year. Perhaps even in Minnesota… I could see Brad Childress gone if they get beat next week.

  2. Brandon M says:

    Who cares what they do at head coach?! They had a better record than us and they made moves to get better, which is what we should do, too. Not get a new head coach, but pick up coordinators that know the game better. Hey, why don’t we talk to Mora about D Coordinator?

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