Maybe the Rooney Rule interview of Leslie Frazier by the Seahawks wasn’t a sham, after all.
According to Charley Casserly of CBS, Frazier would have been named head coach of the Seahawks, if Tony Dungy had accepted the team’s offer to become the next president of football operations.
Per Casserly, Dungy requested an opportunity to sleep on the offer last Saturday. On Sunday, Dungy declined.
If Casserly’s report is accurate, it necessarily means that every report from last Saturday of a deal between the Seahawks and Pete Carroll were off the mark, and that there really wasn’t a deal until after Dungy said no.
It also means that the tampering with Dungy went well beyond a search firm calling him up and gauging his interest, and it might have ultimately forced the Seahawks to compensate the Colts, in the same way the Chiefs did when they hired Dick Vermeil while he still was working as a consultant for the Rams.