After a night of making the Seahawks sweat, Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has decided to sit for an interview for the coaching job that became vacated on Friday, when Jim Mora was fired.
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke told Frazier that USC coach Pete Carroll “definitely” does not have the job. (Yet.) So Frazier has opted to believe Leiweke, and Frazier will interview on Saturday morning.
But here’s the problem, in our view. Even if Frazier is agreeing to interview under the “anything can happen” premise, he’s interviewing not with a General Manager but with Leiweke. So unless Leiweke is considering Frazier for the same “keys to the car” role that Carroll would (will) have, Frazier’s interview would make far more sense if the team already had a General Manager.
That’s why we’re convinced this is a sham interview. If Carroll somehow doesn’t take the job after a day or more of seeing his 2010 recruits scatter, the Seahawks will either target another guy who’d run the show or hire a G.M. who’d then hire a coach of his own.
But here’s the reality. Even though the NFL is made up of 32 distinct teams, they are all connected under the umbrella of the league office. So if Frazier helps the Seahawks out of a jam, his gesture could be viewed very favorably by other teams that might be considering him for head-coaching jobs in the future (or in the present, like the Bills), especially if the Seahawks express their gratitude by raving about Frazier to anyone who’ll listen — and if the league office expresses its gratitude by putting Frazier at the top of the list of guys who will be pushed hard for a head-coaching job, somewhere.