Reports: Frazier schedules Saturday interview

Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier turned down an opportunity to interview for the head-coaching job with the Seattle Seahawks, according to multiple reports, and then decided to interview after all. The interview is scheduled for Saturday in the Twin Cities.

The Leslie Frazier interview saga took several turns Friday.

Frazier is reportedly scheduled to interview for the Seattle Seahawks head-coaching job after all, according to reports by the Star Tribune and on That interview will take place Saturday in Minneapolis, a day before the Vikings return to practice after earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

Earlier on Friday, Frazier was reported as a candidate and then decided not to interview for the job.

Within the span of a couple hours, ESPN reported that Frazier was a candidate for the newly available head-coaching job with the Seahawks and then shot that down with another report that Frazier turned down the opportunity to interview for the job, saying that it was only an attempt by the Seahawks to satisfy the Rooney Rule that requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate.

Instead, according to ESPN's Chris Mortenson, former Vikings assistant and current USC head coach Pete Carroll is a leading candidate for the job. According to's Jay Glazer, Carroll has been offered "a significant amount of money and he is absolutely interested." Carroll was a Vikings assistant from 1985-89.

Other reports said Carroll is being offered a five-year deal between $35-$40 million.

Frazier interviewed Thursday morning in the Twin Cities for the Buffalo Bills' head-coaching job and was one of several minority candidates to interview for that position. He was said to be a finalist for the Denver and St. Louis jobs last year and has interviewed for several other NFL head-coaching opportunities over the last two years.

While Frazier may have decided to interview for the Seattle job in case the Carroll deal falls apart, he could also use that interview to increase his stature with the Bills.


Vikings rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin is up for another award. This time it is the Pepsi Rookie of the Year, an award voted on by fans at

Harvin set a single-season Vikings record with 2,081 combined yards, which was also second in the NFC. He ranked fourth in the NFL with a 27.5-yard kickoff-return average and had 60 catches for 790 yards – the receptions and receiving yards both tied for best among rookies. He also broke the Vikings single-season rushing record among wide receivers with 135 yards.

Harvin was nominated for seven Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week awards, winning twice.

Also nominated for the award were Buffalo Bills CB Jarius Byrd, who started 11 games and had nine interceptions; Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing, who led all rookie defenders with 133 tackles; Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews, who led the team with 10 sacks; and Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher, who played every snap this season, starting 11 games at right tackle and five at left tackle.

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