One Spot Still Open

The Bears have a talented secondary, which can be partially attributed to former defensive backs coach Vance Bedford. Late last week he became the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. Now the Bears must try to replace him and there is a familiar name at the top of the list.

Bedford's contract was up with the Bears and he desired to become a defensive coordinator.

Former Bears cornerback Leslie Frazier might be on his way back to Chicago. He was recently fired by Marvin Lewis as Bengals defensive coordinator, but could be re-united with former Chicago teammate and Philadelphia assistant coach Ron Rivera, now Bears defensive coordinator.

Frazier, before accepting the coordinator's job with the Bengals, was defensive backs coach for four seasons with the Eagles. In 2002, three of the four starting Philadelphia defensive backs earned Pro Bowl honors. Linebackers coach Rivera and Frazier coached together with the Eagles for four seasons.

Lovie Smith has talked with Frazier, but is waiting to make a final decision until GM Jerry Angelo returned from his trip from San Francisco to scout the East-West Shire Game. The decision is likely to come this week.

If Frazier is the choice, he will be talking over a talented group that Bedford help mold. Every member of the secondary has only known Bedford as their position coach since going to the NFL.

The unit produced 14 interceptions last season and that's with Mike Brown playing in just two games, Charles Tillman missing half the season and Jerry Azumah being a spectator for the opening month of the campaign.

Frazier knows something about interceptions. He led the Bears in picks in each of his first three seasons. Although his career was cut short by a knee injury that he suffered during Super Bowl XX, he came up with 20 interceptions in just 65 career games.

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