Childress lets Frazier decide on interviews

Vikings coach Brad Childress is letting defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier determine the legitimacy of his interviews for head-coaching positions around the league. There is some sentiment that Frazier's interview with the Seahawks was simply to satisfy a league rule requiring that at least one minority candidate is interviewed for head-coaching jobs.

The Vikings once again are facing a situation that has seemingly become part of their of their standard postseason routine – waiting to see if defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is going to be tabbed as a head coach elsewhere.

After initially balking at the idea of interviewing with Seattle for its head coaching vacancy, due in large part to immediate reports that the Seahawks were hot in pursuit of USC head coach Pete Carroll, Frazier interviewed with the Seahawks over the weekend. The move satisfied the Rooney Rule requirements for the Carroll signing, which is expected to take place today.

Frazier wasn't available to the media as the team resumed practice Sunday, but head coach Brad Childress knows all too well that success on the field leads to other teams looking to find the same formula. The Vikings plucked Childress off the Eagles coaching staff the last time they had a job opening and Childress said that's just a sign of success when other teams want what you have.

"You know you have the right guys on your staff with people wanting to talk to them," Childress said. "They've excelled in their field and wish them nothing but the best of luck. As Leslie knows, I'll help him in any way that's possible for me to help him."

Childress said that he has his own thoughts about the chances of a coach being signed away when another team seeks permission to speak with one of his assistants. He admitted he was a bit surprised when the Steelers signed Mike Tomlin after one year as the team's defensive coordinator, although he knew it was only a matter of time before he became a head coach.

He believes the same will eventually happen with Frazier, but said when it comes to interviewing, the call really isn't his, but Frazier's.

"I have the wheels turn in my brain with how I think it's going down, and then I share that with Leslie," Childress said. "In the long run, it's up to Leslie to determine whether he does or doesn't talk."

When asked if he believed that Seattle offer to be legitimate or simply complying with a league-mandated rule, Childress said that it wasn't his call to make about the veracity of the invitation to meet. Those decisions and determinations are for Frazier to make, not him.

"It's really for the guy who is being interviewed to decide, what he feels like the intentions are," Childress said. "Is it a legitimate deal? Does he feel like it's a good conversation? Those are all things you try to ferret out before you get interviewed."


  • With their win over the Eagles Saturday, it would seem that the football universe is in alignment when it comes to the Cowboys not only being the favorite to win against the Vikings, but to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Sunday postgame shows on both CBS and FOX and the crew at ESPN all seem to be in agreement that the Vikings are going to be a home underdog Sunday when they meet the surging Cowboys.

  • The TV ratings for the wild card round of the playoffs were both up from last year, which might be attributed somewhat to having a large-market team (New York, Philadelphia and Boston) in each of the first three games and a game for the ages in the final game between the Packers and Cardinals.

  • Recently fired Buffalo interim head coach Perry Fewell is the frontrunner to get the defensive coordinator job with the Bears. An announcement could come as early as today.

  • For all of the big receiving days the Packers had during the Brett Favre era, the 159 yards Sunday by tight end Jermichael Finley was the highest playoff game total in franchise history.

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