RENTON, Wash. - Seahawks chief executive Tod Leiweke takes issue with criticism he was less than genuine in interviewing minority candidates before Seattle hired Pete Carroll as its coach.
Speaking Tuesday moments after he introduced Carroll as the eighth coach in Seattle's 34-year history, Leiweke said he offered the Seahawks president's job last month to former Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy.
He cited it as proof that he embraced the league's Rooney Rule.
Leiweke says his interview Saturday in Minnesota with Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier lasted four hours -- then they watched the Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys playoff game together.
Leiweke says he left Minnesota impressed and assured Frazier is going to be an NFL head coach.