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Morning links: Getting to know Carroll


I had planned our first look at this year’s draft for this weekend, but with everything happening on Friday, I decided to postpone that for next week.

I thought I would post a few links from our coverage of Seahawks head coach Jim Mora’s firing, along with the latest news concerning the search for a new head coach and some links that readers have passed along.

Our own John McGrath likes the move, and believes Carroll gives the organization street cred because of Carroll’s ability to interact with and reach inner-city kids in L.A.

As for the tactical part of it, the fundamental things apply. Carroll’s USC teams operate out of a pro-style offense. He calls plays on defense, preferring the 4-3 alignment the Seahawks also employ. The schemes that worked for Carroll on Saturdays are not inconsistent with the kind that work on Sundays.

His ability to connect with the inner-city black players who make up much of USC’s roster still will resonate with the Seahawks. The athletes are a few years older, adults instead of college kids, but nothing really changes. Carroll has an affinity for those groping to survive the hard-knock life of a tough neighborhood; it’s not unusual for him to visit the Los Angeles housing projects at night, where he spreads his yes-you-can message to the teenagers at risk.

Who among the other Seahawks coaching/general manager candidates owns that kind of street cred?

Adam Schefter of ESPN is now reporting that Carroll could be introduced as the next Coach of the Seattle Seahawks are early as Monday.

TNT’s Dave Boling says the abrupt firing of Jim Mora shows the Seahawks aren’t exactly the model of stability.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated reports that according to John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes diversity and equality in coaching, that Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke informed him that Seahawks owner Paul Allen is against entrusting total control to one person, which is the reason Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is willing to interview for the head coaching position,

Frazier felt that if the Seahawks were in fact offering Carroll the president and head coaching position as reported, then his interview with the team would not be legitimate, and just part of a rubber stamp process so the team satisfies the Rooney Rule.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated reports that the Seahawks have been courting Carroll for weeks, and that assistant coaches Norm Chow and Dwayne Walker could follow.

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that he thinks the Frazier interview with Leiweke has taken place, but he believes that it was more a formality so that Seattle can hire Carroll.

A reader from Florida passes along this link to an Esquire feature on Carroll that shows his bigger-than-life personality, one of the reasons the Seahawks are going after him as the team’s next head coach. is reporting that Packers director of football operations John Schneider will interview with Seattle on Tuesday.

N.Y. Giants director of scouting Marc Ross also is scheduled to interview next week, so the notion of the Seahawks giving Carroll the keys to the castle may be a bit premature.