Update: Leslie Frazier Watch 2010: Buffalo Maybe, Seattle No


It’s become an annual ritual in Vikingland:  watching teams with head coaching vacancies court defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

Last year, the Broncos, Lions and Rams all interviewed Frazier before electing to go with other candidates.  Among those teams, the Rams reportedly came closest to hiring Frazier.

Since the end of the regular season on Sunday, Frazier has already been contacted by at least two teams, the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.

On Thursday, the Bills sent representatives to Minneapolis to interview Frazier, who otherwise is spending his time preparing for the Vikings’ playoff game a week from Sunday.  There’s been no word yet on how that interview went, but the Bills are believed to have Bill Cowher at the top of their wishlist, and may only be covering themselves by interviewing other candidates.

The Seahawks’ opening was created on Friday when they fired head coach Jim Mora.  The team’s interest in Frazier was announced within seconds of Mora’s dismissal, but Frazier just as quickly declined an invitation to be interviewed.

It has since come out that the Seahawks are hot for USC head coach Pete Carroll, a circumstance that likely signaled to Frazier that the Seahawks were not really interested in him, but only requested an interview in order to comply with minority hiring rules.  Hence his decision not to speak to them.

Given all the interest Frazier has garnered in recent years, legitimate or Rooney Rule-related, it seems inevitable that someone will snap him up as a head coach.  He is highly respected among his players and folks around the league, and is seen as a guy whose leadership skills make him an ideal candidate to move from coordinator to head man.

The Vikings, as we know, have a history of sending defensive coordinators on to successful head coaching careers.  Tony Dungy moved from the Dennis Green staff to ultimate Super Bowl glory with the Colts (after a little stint in Tampa), and in more recent years, Mike Tomlin went from running Brad Childress‘ defense to leading the Steelers to the promised land.

There are plenty of Viking fans who still haven’t forgiven the organization for keeping Green and letting Dungy go.  Almost as many are bitter that Tomlin was not elevated to head coach and Childress put out to pasture.

If Frazier leaves, a few will probably grumble that we allowed another top coaching talent to defect while holding on to a turd.

And, even worse, we will have to find another defensive coordinator.  We got lucky twice in a row with Tomlin and Frazier.  It seems it would be stretching that luck to ask for a third brilliant defensive mind to cross Chilly’s radar.

Well, there’s always Ted Cottrell.

Update: Someone must’ve convinced Leslie Frazier that Carroll-to-Seattle isn’t a done deal, because he has decided to interview with them after all.

Tags: Bill Cowher Brad Childress Buffalo Bills Jim Mora Leslie Frazier Mike Tomlin Minnesota Vikings Pete Carroll Seattle Seahawks Ted Cottrell Tony Dungy

  • Mike

    The MVP goes to Peyton Manning. Favre had it won until the losses to the Cards and Panthers. What happened? Better solve that problem so Vikes win what is really important – Super Bowl.

  • Mike

    Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid is asking his assistant coaches to examine whether their most potent offense ever was tipping plays by whether Westbrook or McCoy was the RB when the Cowboys shut them out. The Vikings coaches need to look at the same against the Cards and Panthers.

  • joe

    Mike – your disrespect for Favre and obsession with 2 losses is very tiring.

    Manning has 300 more yards person, an average of 20 more passing yards more per game than Favre, the exact same average yards per completion, 40 more passing attempts this year, the exact same number of touchdown passes, AND MORE THAN TWICE THE INTECEPTIONS!

    Farve’s quarterback rating is almost 10 points above manning – Colts lost 2 games, vikings lost 4.

    Clearly MN is better than last year and the playmaker was NOT AD, it was Favre.

    We know what the problem was against Cards/Panthers was – and we know it WAS NOT “8-in-the-box” or that the team somehow “tipped” plays to opposing defenses.

    The last 6 quarters of the season and most of the year we saw Favre direct a high-powered scoring machine that moved the ball at will.

    We say that chillyball and pretending to be a running team don’t work. Brett needs to be given the freedom to assess the defense at the line of scrimmage and take his best matchups, spreading the ball around to all of the weapons this team has.

    AD must be used in a support role – he cannot carry this team, Favre can – he is more qualified for MVP this year than Manning and, if the Vikings make the superbowl, would be the front-runner for MVP.

  • Ken

    I’m so sick of hearing from all these whiners about the Rooney Rule. There are way more blacks in the NFL than white. I want to see a “Must Tryout White Players First Rule”.

  • Mike

    I hope the Vikings don’t make the same mistake as Phillie (and Joe) by becoming one dimensional with the pass against the Cowboys.

  • joe

    Mike – you are a moron. The phillies were not one dimenstional with a pass today – THEY WERE NO DIMENSIONAL!!!!!

    Vick hit one play.

    You dumb homers that refuse to recognize the value of the team’s true playmaker are so laughable. You have been spouting off crap here, disrespecting Favre all semester.

    Guess it hurts some simple-minded folks to see that a former Packer and future Hall of Famer with virtually every passing record is the key ingredient that was needed to get this team past mediocracy.

    Last year, they backed into the division title and were quickly shown to be a one-dimensional team that pretended to have a power running game.

    This year, they are the #2 seed, no one in the NFL was undefeated, and you want to complain!!!!!!!!!

    No wonder this team may be lookin’ to move on. I will be the Viking franchise has disappointed me more over the years than it has disappointed you.

    They were favored to be the Chiefs in the Super Bowl and got their butt’s kicked. The then let their franchise quarterback, Joe Kapp go.

    In the span of a few more years, they lost 3 more Super Bowls, though were never favored to win they way the “experts” picked them in SB IV.

    I am sure you remember the team that choked after a nearly perfect season and the most powerful offense in the NFL – their “perfect” kicker missed a “give-me” that should have one the game.

    Guess it has mentally damaged fans like you, but the way you have disrespected Farve this year is just too much.

    He did EXACTLY what he was brought in to do. When HE runs the offense, it is among the most potent in the NFL.

    And fools like you want to complain that they are “one dimensional” because YOUR hero, “three-and-out-if-he-holds-on-to-the-ball” can’t produce in the clutch (or on most first or second downs).

    With “fans” like you, no wonder LA is starting to look pretty good in purple!

  • joe

    And what did happen to that little girl bernie that use to come here and post smack, also disrespecting the immense contributions of Brett Favre?

    Hey, mike – are you that little girl and you are now using a different fake name?