Dungy to Seattle: What if?
Seattle Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke last week took issue with the idea that he didn’t give minorities any real consideration for his job major job openings. Leiweke eventually hired Pete Carroll to be the head coach; the Seahawks still search for a president and didn’t hire John Schneider as general manager until Tuesday.
Leiweke revealed that in December he offered the job of Seahawks president to Tony Dungy, the first black head coach to win a Super Bowl. Dungy left the Indianapolis Colts after last season and has since been an analyst for NBC and a mentor to a variety of athletes.
Reports indicate that Dungy, who lives in Tampa, rejected the Seattle offer for family reasons, which is completely valid, but that if Dungy had accepted, he was going to bring along Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier as head coach. Leiweke drew some heat for interviewing Frazier after reports surfaced that he was intent on hiring Carroll. The NFL’s Rooney Rule requires franchises to interview minority candidates for top positions; some thought the Frazier interview was mere window dressing to satisfy the Rooney Rule.
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