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Leslie Frazier | DT

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (56) / 4/3/1959
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 189

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Bucs hired Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator.
The Cowboys wouldn't let DL coach Rod Marinelli out of his contract. Tight with new Bucs coach Lovie Smith, Frazier teaches a similar Tampa 2-style defense, although both coaches have utilized more man coverage in recent seasons, with Peanut Tillman doing so frequently in Chicago and Xavier Rhodes playing press this past year for Frazier in Minnesota. Before a largely-failed stint as the Vikings' 2011-2013 head coach (20-32-1 record), Frazier coordinated Minnesota's defense from 2008-2010, and his units ranked sixth, sixth, and eighth in the NFL in total defense. Put simply, he's a fantastic fit under Lovie and has an excellent track record as a coordinator. Frazier and Smith will need improved pass rush in Tampa, but they aren't going to let Darrelle Revis go to waste. Fri, Jan 3, 2014 10:44:00 PM

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Leslie Frazier is expected to be Lovie Smith's defensive coordinator wherever Smith lands a job as a head coach.

Frazier and Smith both adhere to Cover-2 and Tampa-2 defensive principles. Frazier worked under Tony Dungy in Indianapolis in the mid-2000s, and Smith worked under Dungy in Tampa Bay in the late-1990s. There's a connection. It's believed that Smith's first choice for defensive coordinator will be Cowboys DL coach Rod Marinelli, but Dallas may not let Marinelli out of his deal.
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 01:47:00 PM

Vikings fired coach Leslie Frazier.

Frazier led the Vikings to a surprising Wild Card berth a year ago and posted a respectable 4-3-1 mark in the second half of this season despite having Adrian Peterson injured and Matt Cassel as his starting quarterback. It wasn't enough. Frazier finishes his three full years at the helm with a 19-29-1 record and one playoff appearance. "Unfortunately, we did not achieve consistent success and did not achieve the progress we expected," GM Rick Spielman said in a statement. "We believe a coaching change is needed to help build a successful team moving forward." CBS' Jason La Canfora reported a few weeks ago that the Vikings had reached out to Penn State's Bill O'Brien. Broncos OC Adam Gase, Bengals OC Jay Gruden and Broncos DC Jack Del Rio are already getting linked to the Minnesota vacancy. Gruden and Spielman have the same agent.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 09:01:00 AM

According to FOX's Jay Glazer, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will be fired after a Monday meeting with ownership.

Frazier's job has long been in the balance, and the Vikings would be the worst organization in sports if they let Sunday's meaningless finale have any bearing on their coach's status. We should have official word on Frazier's status in less than 24 hours.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 12:24:00 PM

According to NFL Network, the prospects of coach Leslie Frazier returning for 2014 are "grim."

The Vikings exercised Frazier's 2014 option back in February and are clearly feeling buyer's remorse. Heading into Sunday's game against the Eagles, Minny was 3-9-1 and Fraizer had a 19-31-1 record (plus an 0-1 playoff mark) since taking over late in the 2010 season.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 01:08:00 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman says coach Leslie Frazier's job is safe through 2014.

"Leslie Frazier is not going anywhere," Spielman said. "I am telling you that we are very committed to Leslie Frazier and this coaching staff. And we’re committed to our players, and everybody is working extremely hard to get this thing turned around." Minnesota exercised Frazier's 2014 option back in February. They may regret that decision now after the debacle that's been the 2013 season. Spielman's words hold little weight because his job may also be on the line. The Vikings are 17-28 since Frazier took over partway through 2010.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 11:38:00 AM

Updating an earlier item, the Vikings have exercised coach Leslie Frazier's 2014 option, not signed him to a "multi-year extension."

It's not technically an extension, but does buy Frazier another year. However, a true extension should be in the works if the Vikings get off to a hot start next season coming off their surprising 2012.
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 06:50:00 PM

Vikings signed coach Leslie Frazier to a multi-year contract extension.

The details are unknown — and sometimes never known with coaching contracts — but it's a well-deserved extension for a coach who guided to the Vikings to one of the more unlikely playoff appearances in recent memory last season. Frazier was entering the final year of his contract. He's 16-22 overall since taking over for Brad Childress in the middle of the 2010 season.
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 04:26:00 PM

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