Posted January 07, 2014

Leslie Frazier officially named Bucs’ defensive coordinator

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Leslie Frazier is back in the coaching circuit. (AP Images)

Leslie Frazier is back in the coaching circuit with the Buccaneers. (AP Images)

About a week after he was fired as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Leslie Frazier has been hired as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ new defensive coordinator.

The Buccaneers officially announced the move Monday night.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Leslie Frazier and I consider myself very fortunate to have him on my staff,” new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said in a statement.

“Leslie is one of the best defensive coaches in the NFL and he has a long track record of helping players reach their full potential. He transformed Minnesota’s defense into one of the league’s elite units during his time there and I look forward to working with him to do the same here in Tampa Bay.”

Frazier joins a new staff in Tampa Bay, which fired head coach Greg Schiano after the regular season. Smith has taken over as head coach, and he named former University of California head coach Jeff Tedford as his offensive coordinator.

The Vikings only won 40 percent of their games under Frazier’s watch, but Frazier’s defense mostly flourished. During his time with the Vikings, including as its defensive coordinator, Frazier’s defenses allowed the second-lowest total rushing yards per game over a seven-year span.

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6 comments
Joe R2
Joe R2

Nobody should be surprised by this.  Lovie loves former head coaches on his staff...

x72
x72

Storm brewing already down in Tampa

George
George

Lovie and Leslie?

  =D  


rudedude_2k
rudedude_2k

Vikings defense was average at best during Frazier's tenure. Vikings always played cover two and it never worked. He did a very marginal job of developing players. Best ones always came from other teams with the exception of Greenway. Frazier's defense hasn't evolved since the previous century.  Good QBs just picked them apart with the underneath stuff time and time again - marching up and down the field at will. Vikings always folded at the end, too. 

OSU
OSU

Looks like Lovie Smith is putting together a great staff.  Now they need to draft a quarterback.

Cool
Cool

@rudedude_2k I am so surprised they didn't listen to you.  It is mind boggling how someone sitting in a recliner watching football every Sunday is not taken more seriously by the NFL.  I am going to forward your insightful thoughts to the Buccaneers organization and hope that they immediately reverse this decision based on your expertise.