Is Leslie Frazier Going To the Buffalo Bills?
Just as he was during the last offseason, Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is certainly going to be considered for a head coaching position this offseason.
Frazier has a very impressive resume. As a player, he won the 1985 Super Bowl as a defensive back for the Chicago Bears. Frazier led the Bears' squad in interceptions that season, and had it not been for a knee injury in the first half of the Super Bowl, Frazier could have had a long and productive career.
After retiring due to his injury in 1985, Frazier became the head coach of the Trinity College (now called Trinity International University) in 1988. Fraizer was the first coach at Trinity, and built the program from the ground up, winning two Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference titles before becoming the defensive backs coach for the University of Illinois in 1997.
Frazier got his first NFL job as the defensive backs coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. It was here that he met current Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who was the offensive coordinator. The Eagles defense improved steadily while he was in Philly.
Frazier became the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003, where he helped turn the unit into a group that increased takeaways from 24 in 2003 to 36 in 2004. The Bengals' 36 takeaways in '04 ranked third in the NFL. The 2004 Bengals notched 20 interceptions, the most since 1996. The Bengals defense improved from No. 28 in total yards allowed in 2003 to No. 19 in 2004, and declined in the two years after Frazier left.
Frazier joined Tony Dungy's Colts staff as the defensive back coach in 2005, and won the Super Bowl with the Colts in 2006. During his time in Indy, the Colts passing defense improved from 15th in 2005 to second in 2006.
Frazier joined the Vikings in 2007 after defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin replaced Bill Cowher as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Frazier helped establish the Minnesota Vikings' defense as one of the best in the NFL. The Vikings' rush defense was the best in the league in 2007 and 2008, and was second best in 2009.
Last season, Fraizer was courted by multiple NFL teams with head coaching vacancies. With Eric Mangini being kept in Cleveland, Mike Shanahan filling Washington's void, and Pete Carroll resigning from USC to take the Seattle job, the most likely place for Frazier to go will be Buffalo.
With Frazier in the last year of his contract, and an NFL head coaching job the only thing missing from his resume, don't expect him to be on the sidelines for the Vikings in 2010.
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