Bucs Hire Leslie Frazier For Defensive Coordinator
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving fast. Just days after agreeing to bring aboard Lovie Smith, they’ve tapped former Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier to become their next defensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Frazier wasn’t out of work long. After being fired by Minnesota following their 5-10-1 season, he’ll be returning to a defensive coordinator role. He served as defensive coordinator for the Vikings from 2007-10.
Frazier briefly served as interim head coach following Brad Smith’s departure in 2010, and he was promoted to full-time head coach in 2011. Minus his final season, he oversaw a strong defensive unit in his time in Minnesota.
Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli was reportedly the first candidate for defensive coordinator, but they apparently settled for Frazier. While the deal has not been finalized just yet, Frazier has verbally committed to the Bucs.
Frazier is walking into a good situation in Tampa Bay. The team has a strong defensive unit in place, and the new regime may be able to do more than Greg Schiano was ever able to do.