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Frazier lands as coordinator with Tampa Bay
Leslie Frazier (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY)
Posted Jan 4, 2014
Leslie Frazier was fired at the beginning of the week and hired by the end of it. The former Vikings head coach will take over as defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It seemed like only a matter of time that Leslie Frazier would find another coaching job in the NFL. In the end, it only took four days.
Frazier was one of the first assistant coaches hired in 2014, taking over as the defensive coordinator of the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
. Frazier joins former Bears coach Lovie Smith, with whom Frazier had a long professional relationship.
The Bucs jumped on the firing bandwagon when Black Monday began, firing controversial taskmaster coach Greg Schiano. Smith was hired to be a stabilizing influence on a franchise that has spent a lot of money to bring in key free agents to augment its home-grown talent. Frazier has been hired as the mayor of Revis Island, which may force him to abandon his Tampa-2 roots based on pure talent – an NFL version of basketball’s “box-and-one.”
Tampa Bay is also trying to lock down Cal head coach
to be the team’s new offensive coordinator. It would seem that moving quickly will benefit the Buccaneers in the long run.
Here’s a tip of the hat to Frazier. He landed on his feet. His record as a head coach wasn’t enough to keep him in Minnesota, but his résumé is such that he wasn’t unemployed for long. The Vikings’ loss is the Buccaneers gain.
The Vikings aren’t the only team apparently interested in Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Reports out of Cincinnati claim that Detroit and Washington have also expressed an interest in interviewing Zimmer for their own head coaching vacancies.
The Vikings are also reportedly interested in interviewing Cleveland defensive coordinator Ray Horton. While the Browns were a distant last in the AFC North last year, it wasn’t because of Horton’s defense. He has been able to put out a strong defense despite not having a star-studded defensive lineup, which has got his name mentioned as a potential head coach. He may not land a job this year, but it’s typically the precursor to be taken more seriously when future vacancies open up. Horton is tentatively slated to be interviewed Tuesday.
The Vikings denied Atlanta a chance to interview offensive line coach Jeff Davidson. It isn’t intended as a sleight to the Falcons or even an attempt to prevent Davidson from career advancement. The issue is whether the Vikings’ next coach wants to retain some of the current coordinators and position coaches or not.
The Vikings signed former U-Mass guard
to a reserve/futures contract. Samuda was with the Miami Dolphins in 2012. He was one of the final cuts last season for the Dolphins and wasn’t signed by anyone during the season.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for
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