Report: Lions want to interview Frazier

The Lions have Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier among their candidates to replace Rod Marinelli, according to a report.

Vikings defensive coordinator is among the candidates for the Lions' head coaching vacancy, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network.

Frazier garnered interest from the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons last year, but each of those franchises hired other coaches and each of them turned losing seasons in 2007 into playoff appearances in 2008.

The Lions finished an NFL-record 0-16 this season and fired coach Rod Marinelli on Monday.

According to Schefter, the Lions have asked for permission to interview Frazier, but with the Vikings preparing to play the Eagles in the opening round of the playoffs he wouldn't be able to interview until next week at the earliest.

On Monday, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was asked about Frazier, who was a defensive assistant in Philadelphia and Indianapolis before Brad Childress hired him to replace Mike Tomlin as the defensive coordinator in Minnesota in 2007.

"He's a great football coach but probably an even better person," Reid said. "[He's a] great individual and a great family man. He has a very strong work ethic. When he was here he was very quiet but he wanted to know everything. And the players, and this wasn't just because he was a good corner in the National Football League, but you could see that the players respected him for what he was as a person and coach. He deserves a head coaching shot and if he got one, an owner is going to get a very solid, solid person and good football coach."

Frazier's defense ranked sixth overall this season, first against the rush and 18th against the pass. The Lions were 32nd on defense, last against the rush and 27th against the pass.


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