What we know
Seattle interviewed Pete Carroll earlier this week in Los Angeles.
One of the first actions after firing Jim Mora Friday was to request permission to speak with Vikings defensive coordinator, Leslie Frazier. Because Frazier is African-American and the league requires an NFL team to interview a minority candidate for a head-coaching vacancy, many consider this move a sign Seattle already has a specific coach lined up. Within two hours of Mora's dismissal, Pete Carroll is identified first by ESPN's Chris Mortensen as the leading candidate. Seattle interviews Frazier in Minnesota on Saturday, but only after the Seahawks assure the Fritz Pollard Alliance that Carroll is not a candidate to assume control of all football operations in Seattle. In effect, Frazier wants to make sure he is being considered for the same position Carroll is vying for. Seattle is still moving forward with a process to hire a general manager, which will be a separate entity from Carroll.
What we don't know What title Carroll will hold. It has been reported first by The Los Angeles Times and later by ESPN that he would be president and coach. The Seahawks have indicated that the title president is not in play. The actual status of any agreement with Carroll. At this point, it appears Carroll is the guy at coach, and there have even been reports that an agreement in principal has been reached. But the Seahawks have indicated nothing is finalized.
What we can infer Carroll is going to be the next head coach, and his business card will include some sort of front-office title as well. Carroll will not have final say over all football decisions as it relates to personnel. The Seahawks have told the Fritz Pollard Alliance that -- if Carroll is hired -- he's not the ultimate authority on draft choices and trades.
Carroll is going to serve as final authority on the 53-man roster. The Seahawks specified this to the Fritz Pollard Alliance as well. There's going to be some business-card calisthenics when it comes to designating Carroll's position within the franchise. His polish and enthusiasm would make him a fit as the face of the franchise, but he's not coming here with the degree of power Mike Holmgren was granted in 1999.