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Report: Seahawks targeting Pete Carroll

On the same day the Seattle Seahawks surprisingly dumped coach Jim Mora, word has emerged that the Seahawks are plotting a run at USC coach Pete Carroll.

Per Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Carroll is the primary target.  And Carroll reportedly is interested.

With no coach and no G.M., Carroll would likely be given full control of the football operations.  Many believe that one of his first orders of business would be to hire Pat Kirwan of Sirius NFL Radio and CBS to handle contract negotiations and player evaluations.

Mort also reports that Carroll would bring with him to Seattle his current offensive coordinator, Jeremy Bates.  The former Broncos quarterbacks coach has been contacted by the Bears, given that Bates worked well with quarterback Jay Cutler in Denver.

The fact that word has trickled out is somewhat shocking, given that Carroll’s recruiting efforts will be dramatically undermined unless and until he makes it clear that he’s not going to be the Alabama coach.

Alternatively, Carroll needs to leave quickly — and the Seahawks will be required to interview a minority candidate for the coaching job before hiring Carroll, unless they’ve interviewed internal candidates for the job before firing Mora, Redskins-style.

If they haven’t pre-complied with the Rooney Rule, they might have trouble finding someone to sit for the job.  Mort reports that Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier already has declined an opportunity to interview for the job, citing the possibility that the session would merely represent an attempt to satisfy the rule that one minority candidate be interviewed.

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59 Responses to “Report: Seahawks targeting Pete Carroll”
  1. Hap says: Jan 8, 2010 3:08 PM

    Aint happenin’, dude. Or if it were to happen, it will be very costly.

  2. BigBaldPapaHawk says: Jan 8, 2010 3:08 PM

    This is where the Rooney Rule fails. Bring him in because he is qualified. Not because he is black.
    That said, not sure I like the thought of Pete Carroll running my Seahawks.

  3. sthrnprd116 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:10 PM

    man this Rooney Rule is counter-productive

  4. The Coop says: Jan 8, 2010 3:10 PM

    Ahh, great move. If it happens, then Pete Carroll can pay his players LEGALLY for a change.

  5. Dixon29 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:10 PM

    Did I read this wrong? When did Pete Carroll coach Alabama? Probably should read he makes it clear he won’t be the Seahawks coach.

  6. Snuff Smith says: Jan 8, 2010 3:11 PM

    The Rooney Rule is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of.

  7. lukestrass says: Jan 8, 2010 3:13 PM

    can anyone say Steve Spurrier

  8. RIP__21 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:14 PM

    …”Leslie Frazier already has declined an opportunity to interview for the job, citing the possibility that the session would merely represent an attempt to satisfy the rule that one inority candidate be interviewed.”
    All the more reason to GET RID OF THE ROONEY RULE.

  9. DeVoodoo says: Jan 8, 2010 3:14 PM

    One of the ironies here is just last night I was watching the NFL Network’s “Top 10 Coaches Who Belong in College”. I can’t remember what Carroll was ranked, but they made a pretty convincing case that his rah-rah routine doesn’t fly in the pros. I can’t believe the Seahawks are interested (especially after their failed experiment with ANOTHER coach on that Top 10 list — Dennis Erickson).

  10. Hugified Wang says: Jan 8, 2010 3:15 PM

    So minority coaches won’t interview because they would allow a team to comply with the Rooney rule? WTF? Great rule.

  11. wintermath says: Jan 8, 2010 3:15 PM

    Of course Harvin will win because of Viking fans “stuffing the ballot box” and not because he had been nominated for Rookie of the Week more than anyone else, was the most explosive rookie this year, or set a Viking yardage record… Florio being Florio…

  12. BillsFan27 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:15 PM

    Colin Cowherd has to have the biggest hard-on right now.

  13. Lumas101 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:16 PM

    Is there any chance that Frazier declined the opportunity because he’s about to be announced as the new coach of the Buffalo Bills?

  14. PolegoJim says: Jan 8, 2010 3:16 PM

    Why on earth would he be interested in this debacle?

  15. Cushing Will Kill You says: Jan 8, 2010 3:17 PM

    The NFL needs to take a serious look at the notion that a black coach will refuse to interview on account of the interview is a farce. A formal (certified) letter to Frazier, requesting his presence for an interview, should be enough.

  16. SlimPickens says: Jan 8, 2010 3:17 PM

    are italians considered minority? if so then give a token interview to that ex-coach, fat pig Mangino from UKansas

  17. racer-x says: Jan 8, 2010 3:20 PM

    I hate the rooney rule and anything affirmative action as I believe its merely a sham that both sides attempt to tweak or play for maximum benefit.
    However, since its part of the game…
    Snyder is not in any danger of running himself out of work, but don’t candidates such as Leslie Frazier risk burning bridges by not playing ball, when thats all it may appear to be? I mean, how does he know what is and isn’t legitimate? Is he saying that he wants assurances he has the job before he ever interviews for it?

  18. HarrisonHits says: Jan 8, 2010 3:20 PM

    He may be great with college kids but as an NFL coach Carroll is a disaster. Coming to New England he had a team that was coming off a Super Bowl loss and got progressively worse each year under Carroll.
    His drafts were awful and he is far far too laid back to manage NFL players properly.
    But hey, he’ll be “jacked and pumped” about the few things that go right and at least the Seahawks and their fans will have that to feel good about.

  19. mooky says: Jan 8, 2010 3:20 PM

    The fact that word has trickled out is somewhat shocking, given that Carroll’s recruiting efforts will be dramatically undermined unless and until he makes it clear that he’s not going to be the Alabama coach.
    I saw Carroll doing the pregame show last night but didnt know he was their coach too.

  20. Scrodge2010 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:23 PM

    Hey Mike, I think you meant to say he’s not going to be the USC coach. I don’t think the Bama job is open…?

  21. rpiotr01 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:24 PM

    Don’t do it Pete! You’re in Southern California, you’re beloved by students and well respected as a college coach. Look what happened to Mora! What makes you think you won’t be tossed aside just as easily?
    Stay out of the snake pit, stay at USC!

  22. mwcarolina says: Jan 8, 2010 3:25 PM

    of course Florio would bring the redskins in this, but as for Carroll, i read the report too, i can’t say if it is a good move or not because so many have tried, it would be a big name that is for sure.

  23. gweetarman says: Jan 8, 2010 3:25 PM

    Pete Carrol. Strike three. You’re out.

  24. Buffalo Hogan says: Jan 8, 2010 3:30 PM

    The Rooney Rule has its flaws and this is one.
    The rule is great for a true ‘open’ search. Wheen a team enters the process open minded, looking for the best candidate to take over their team.
    When a team know who it wants, the rule becomes a joke. It doesn’t make a targeted search wrong. And it doesnt make it racist. Sometimes teams fire their coach, because someone they covet is available. White or Black or Blue or Red, thats the guy they want and they are getting him no watter what rules you put in place. The lions wanted Mariucci, the Redskins wanted shannahan and the Seahawks want Carroll – is that wrong? is that racist?
    I guess what im trying to say is – the rooney rule needs to go.

  25. BradyGazelle says: Jan 8, 2010 3:32 PM

    I guess his “friend” will have to transfer to UW.

  26. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:32 PM

    What is the punishment for the black candidate not interviewing for a job? I mean if there is a punishment for not offering the interview shouldnt there be one if they decline? What’s fair is fair.

  27. Buffalo Hogan says: Jan 8, 2010 3:32 PM

    Is there any chance that Frazier declined the opportunity because he’s about to be announced as the new coach of the Buffalo Bills?
    ————-
    I just threw up in my mouth

  28. shaggytoodle says: Jan 8, 2010 3:34 PM

    Carroll should consider getting the hell out of USC before the NCAA finds out about all those bending and probably breaking of the rules,

  29. go_seahawwwks says: Jan 8, 2010 3:37 PM

    Noooooo….I thought we fired Mora so we could get a better coach. Say it with me now…President Cowher, Coach Grimm. Just keep repeating that.

  30. RaiderhateR4Life says: Jan 8, 2010 3:39 PM

    This will just make the NFC West even more of a landslide

  31. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Jan 8, 2010 3:39 PM

    Carroll should wait a year or two until the Jags fire Del Rio and take that job.
    That way he wouldn’t even have to move.

  32. RaiderhateR4Life says: Jan 8, 2010 3:40 PM

    This will just make the NFC West even more of a landslide

  33. vikefansbc says: Jan 8, 2010 3:41 PM

    The Rooney rule is just a bunch of bull. It’s like saying I’m hungry for Burger King and know that I’m going to buy something from Burger King, but I have to go to McDonald’s first and waste everyone’s time.

  34. KnuckleBucket says: Jan 8, 2010 3:42 PM

    Doesn’t anyone remember how bad Carroll was as an NFL coach? Watched him weekly for a few years and it was painfull.
    He’s too soft for the pros.

  35. heartstl says: Jan 8, 2010 3:48 PM

    LA will really need an NFL team if they lose Pete Carroll

  36. LadyMac says: Jan 8, 2010 3:48 PM

    Jim Zorn’s available… who says you can’t go home.

  37. Pack83 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:49 PM

    You mean the same Cowherd that GUARANTEED without a SHADOW OF THE DOUBT that the Seahawks were gonna win 11 or 12 games in 09? He nailed that one just about as well as his Sizzlin’ Seven picks each week, which finished somewhere around 20 games under .500 I believe.

  38. SC21 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:51 PM

    I can’t help but laugh at all you idiots bitching about the Rooney Rule. Newsflash: it isn’t the RR that’s keeping you from realizing your dream of being the next Lombardi.
    And the rule itself isn’t that big a deal. Even if you violate it, its just a fine like the Lions got a few years ago for violating it. Then again, its probably not a good idea to do anything that the Lions do.

  39. leatherneck says: Jan 8, 2010 3:54 PM

    Hey, Frazier is busy! The Vikings are in the playoffs. It’s not like he has day after day of free time.
    Give Frazier a break. He already did one interview. Now he’s got a playoff game to prepare for. It’s going to be a big challenge for the Vikes’ defense.
    Go Vikings!

  40. hotchick says: Jan 8, 2010 3:55 PM

    Feel the need to chime in with agreement that it shows the Rooney Rule is stupid. If you dont want to hire a black man, you aint gonna hire him, no matter how many you are forced to interview or how qualified he/they are.
    If you have your heart set on Pete Carrol or Herm Edwards, you are going to try and hire Pete Carrol or Herm Edwards no matter who else they force you to interview.
    As for the guy banging Florio for confusing Alabama and USC… you must be new here or have a very simplistic sense of humor.

  41. Lumas101 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:55 PM

    Buffalo Hogan–As far as I know Frazier is not only the only person aside from Fewell, Shanahan or Cowher to interview for the Bills’ job (if you consider Shanahan and Cowher’s contact to have been interviews), but is the only person to even acknowledge that the Bills have contacted him.
    To those who have been asking about the Alabama job reference, it is a running joke about when Nick Saban was with the Dolphins and told reporters “I will not be the Alabama coach”–right before he became the Alabama coach. PFT has been using this joke a lot lately to poke fun at people who have supposedly made decisions that may turn out to be posturing, rather than an actual decision.

  42. Danny18 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:59 PM

    Sarcasm regarading Alabama

  43. Hail2ThaRedskins says: Jan 8, 2010 4:01 PM

    The remark about stating that he “will not be the Alabama coach” is a reference to Nick Saban’s proclamation just weeks before he indeed became the Alabama coach.
    So, it is not an error by Florio but a failure by some readers to grasp the reference.

  44. Provance1 says: Jan 8, 2010 4:05 PM

    He can’t coach at the NFL level. He already tried 2 or 3 times with no success. Stay in college Pete…you don’t have the stones to coach men.

  45. stnmmc says: Jan 8, 2010 4:06 PM

    # Dixon29 says: January 8, 2010 3:10 PM
    Did I read this wrong? When did Pete Carroll coach Alabama? Probably should read he makes it clear he won’t be the Seahawks coach.
    ———————————————-
    You don’t get sarcasm very well do you? Or you don’t know how to click on the red link that says “hell not be the next Alabama coach”.
    If you had clicked you would have seen (guessing here) that it takes you to a story where Saban was vehemently denying that he would e the next Alabama coach. The he was. Coaches never tell the truth about their intentions/plans.
    Now that Ive held your hand through day one here at PFT you can let go. Seriously dude, let go.

  46. negroid says: Jan 8, 2010 4:07 PM

    Rooney rule?????????
    Let’s make one called the running back rule. You have to have at least on WHITE running back on your team. Hell, how about at least one white player at each position, even if it’s the backup to the backup.
    Sounds about as reasonable as the Rooney rule.

  47. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Jan 8, 2010 4:07 PM

    Man the Rooney rule is full of crap. Rooney’s a jag-off!

  48. CsanBoySmith says: Jan 8, 2010 4:08 PM

    # Dixon29 says: January 8, 2010 3:10 PM
    Did I read this wrong? When did Pete Carroll coach Alabama? Probably should read he makes it clear he won’t be the Seahawks coach.
    # Scrodge2010 says: January 8, 2010 3:23 PM
    Hey Mike, I think you meant to say he’s not going to be the USC coach. I don’t think the Bama job is open…?
    ——————
    Are you guys retarded or something….click on the link where Mike posts that….it’s obviously an innuendo referring to when Saban adamantly denied he was going to Alabama then did an about face…get a grip…

  49. batman56 says: Jan 8, 2010 4:09 PM

    say it aint so pete!!!!!!! be a trojan the rest of your career!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. paul says: Jan 8, 2010 4:10 PM

    Yes, most normal people would leave Manhattan Beach, sun and 80 degrees. I imagine he can get any name HS player in California to go to a team that needs a rebuild and be in the dreary rain. No way. I think Mora wanted the University of Washington job anyway and this was the consolation prize.

  51. SATAN567 says: Jan 8, 2010 4:17 PM

    HAH! what a demotion this would be for Carroll. Never gonna happen.
    P.S. The Rooney Rule is nothing but reverse racism. When Detroit got in trouble for hiring Steve Mariucci when he was clearly the most qualified coach on the market and wanted the job, I wanted to puke. This rule is on par with denying more qualified caucasian student admission to educational institutions in order to fill “quotas” for minority students. God, I hate bringing politics into sports, but sometimes we’re left no choice because leftists are constantly instituting numerous rules and regulations in all facets of our lives.

  52. Go Dawgs3 says: Jan 8, 2010 4:18 PM

    So what happens if an NFL team doesn’t interview a white coach? Doesn’t seem like a fair rule to me. If a team targets a black coach do they still have to interview a white coach…get rid of the stupid rule…stop seeing color and look more at the qualifications!!

  53. Mean D says: Jan 8, 2010 4:20 PM

    When they finally do get rid of the Rooney Rule Florio will have a nervous breakdown.

  54. stnmmc says: Jan 8, 2010 4:31 PM

    # SATAN567 says: January 8, 2010 4:17 PM
    HAH! what a demotion this would be for Carroll. Never gonna happen.
    P.S. The Rooney Rule is nothing but reverse racism. When Detroit got in trouble for hiring Steve Mariucci when he was clearly the most qualified coach on the market and wanted the job, I wanted to puke. This rule is on par with denying more qualified caucasian student admission to educational institutions in order to fill “quotas” for minority students. God, I hate bringing politics into sports, but sometimes we’re left no choice because leftists are constantly instituting numerous rules and regulations in all facets of our lives.
    ——————————————–
    It is only because for hundreds of years rightists did everything in their power to make sure that qualified meant being white. You don’t simply say we are equal, and thus it is so. African Americans came into the game late, with little to no wealth, and we expect them to succeed. I won’t even get into the housing laws and police actions that are the root of the violent ghettos we see in major cities.

  55. Chris Fiorentino says: Jan 8, 2010 4:40 PM

    Mike, how will you fill your days when Favre and Vick are out of the league, the Rooney Rule is aboloished, there is a new CBA avoiding a lockout, and the Cowboys win a Super Bowl behind Tony Romo? Will there be more than a couple posts a day?

  56. scomibord says: Jan 8, 2010 4:56 PM

    Florio must love the fact that idiots frequent his site. He is not saying that the Alabama job is available, just what Nick Saban was saying while he was still the Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins. Sofa King, we Todd did!!!

  57. SpartaChris says: Jan 8, 2010 4:58 PM

    The Rooney rule is crap, so kudos to Frazier for not wanting to be someone’s puppet.

  58. Lumas101 says: Jan 8, 2010 5:40 PM

    Good point by Go Dawgs. That’s an interesting aspect to the Rooney Rule that I hadn’t considered.

  59. mustbechris says: Jan 8, 2010 11:38 PM

    If you people really think the Alabama thing was a typo…you should all go play in traffic.
    With that said, good for Leslie Frazier for not partaking in the sham, if in fact he did turn them down. The NFL needs to review the Rooney Rule, not because it is “reverse racism”, but because it is counter productive and therefore ineffective. It has the right idea, but there has to be a better way to carry it out than “interviewing one minority candidate”.

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