January 08, 2010

If Pete Carroll takes the Seattle Seahawks head coaching job, he will not have the final say on all football matters that he is seeking, according to one person who has spoken with team CEO Tod Leiweke.

John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes diversity and equality in coaching, said Friday night that Leiweke informed him that Seahawks owner Paul Allen is against entrusting total control to one person.

"Tod told me that he has informed Pete Carroll's people that Paul Allen has been through that once with Mike Holmgren and is not going to go through that again," Wooten said.

Wooten raised the issue with Leiweke amid reports that Carroll is close to leaving his job as head coach at USC for the Seahawks. Leslie Frazier, the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator who is among the candidates being recommended by the Fritz Pollard Alliance for the Seahawks coaching job and who would fulfill the Rooney Rule requirement that teams must interview a minority candidate before making a hire is scheduled to interview with Leiweke on Saturday morning in Minneapolis.

However, Wooten said Frazier will not interview for the job unless Leiweke first assures Frazier that Carroll will not have total control.

That is critical because if the Seahawks are not willing to draw a line with Carroll over GM responsibilities, that is a clear indication he is their guy. Therefore, there would be no reason for Frazier to interview, other than to satisfy the Seahawks' need to comply with the Rooney Rule. According to the rule, which was instituted in 2003, NFL teams are required to interview minority candidates for head coaching opportunities.

The Seahawks are in the market for a head coach after firing Jim Mora on Friday. Mora went 5-11 in his first season as head coach. The Seahawks are also without a general manager after Tim Ruskell resigned during the season.

Leiweke could not be reached for comment.

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