A failure to communicate??

By John Shipley
Updated: January 11, 2010

ST. PAUL, Mn. — Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier interviewed for head coaching jobs in Buffalo and Seattle last week, and there is a feeling among some NFL watchers that his interview with the Seahawks wasn’t on the level.

ESPN reported Sunday that Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll has agreed in principle to become Seattle’s head coach, and that multiple sources told the network he had done so before Frazier’s interview Saturday in the Twin Cities.

The speculation is that Frazier, an African-American, was interviewed only to satisfy the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” requiring teams to interview minority candidates for front office jobs.

Frazier wasn’t available for comment Sunday.

“It’s really for the guys being interviewed to decide what he feels the intentions are, if he feels it’s a legitimate conversation,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said.

“Those are all kinds of things you try to ferret out before you go to the interview.”