Bears Rumors: Bills DC Leslie Frazier Eyed for HC Role after Matt Nagy's Firing

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 10, 2022

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Defensive coach Leslie Frazier of the Buffalo Bills on the field before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Highmark Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bears have reportedly requested an interview with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier to fill their head coaching vacancy, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

The news comes after the team fired head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace on Monday.

Nagy had a 34-31 record across four seasons with Chicago, winning Coach of the Year in 2018. The squad struggled to replicate the success from his first season, however, ending with a 6-11 record in 2021.

Frazier has spent the past five years running the Bills defense and also has four seasons of head coaching experience with the Minnesota Vikings.

The 62-year-old had limited success during his last run as head coach, finishing 21-32-1 with one playoff appearance. He was fired after going 5-10-1 in 2013.

Frazier has still been one of the top defensive coordinators in the NFL in recent years, leading a unit that ranked first in the NFL in both points and yards allowed in 2021. The squad has finished in the top three in yards allowed in three of the last four years and have now reached the playoffs in four of his five years in Buffalo.

The Bills had gone 17 seasons without a postseason berth before Frazier arrived with head coach Sean McDermott in 2017.

Buffalo also reached the AFC Championship Game last year after winning its first playoff game since 1995.

The success could be enough for Frazier to get another shot as an NFL head coach.

There would still be question marks about the offense in Chicago, which finished 27th in the NFL in scoring this past season after drafting quarterback Justin Fields with the No. 11 overall pick in 2021.

A defensive-minded coach might not be the best option to turn things around and get the most out of the talented quarterback.