Third interview a charm for Frazier?

Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is expected to interview for the Detroit Lions head-coaching job sometime in the next week and talked about his past experience and applying it to this year's opportunities.

Brad Childress could be looking for a new defensive coordinator this offseason.

Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is expected to interview for the Detroit Lions' head coaching job next week and also could be on the radar of the St. Louis Rams as they look to fill their head coaching position.

Frazier interviewed last offseason for the Atlanta and Miami jobs, and while he was not hired he did impress.

"I think it would be a plus," Frazier said of that experience. "Probably similar to your rookie year in the NFL. You come back your second year and things are just so much different. Everything has slowed down a little bit, you can anticipate certain things are going to happen before they do.

"I would imagine going in for another round of interviews this year I would be a little more confident in what I'm doing, a little more prepared. All the things you would expect in year two of interviewing I would hope."

Frazier can interview for the Lions job next week, even if the Vikings beat Philadelphia in their first-round playoff game on Sunday. The only difference is that in that case Lions officials would need to come to Minnesota. Frazier, of course, will be free to go to Detroit for his interview if the Vikings lose.

"It's always good if people are checking you out and looking into you a little bit, but as you mentioned the big focus right now is the Eagles," said Frazier, who is also the Vikings' assistant head coach. "I'm flattered that Detroit would show interest and I hope at some point to get a chance to talk to them about their position, but not at the risk of our not going on deep into the playoffs. I hope that we can win this weekend and just keep going.

"If something were to happen with a team when the season is over that would be outstanding. But a lot of things are out of my control and I just want us to do well in the playoffs. I think it would be great for our organization."

If Frazier does get a head coaching job, he would be the second defensive coordinator to do so since Childress was hired as head coach in 2006. Mike Tomlin left after one season to take over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NOTES

  • WR Bernard Berrian was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a sprained ankle suffered on Dec. 21 against Atlanta. Berrian was able to play last Sunday against the Giants and caught a touchdown pass.

  • DE Ray Edwards did not practice Wednesday or Thursday because of an injury to his left knee and is not expected to play Sunday against Philadelphia.

  • RT Artis Hicks was limited Wednesday and Thursday because of a partially torn right triceps that has affected him since November. Hicks had missed three of four games before being active for Sunday's regular-season finale. However, Ryan Cook got the start at right tackle. Hicks had replaced the struggling Cook in late November but the move proved to be only temporary because of Hicks' injury.

  • WR/KR Darius Reynaud has not been limited in practice this week after being slowed in recent weeks because of a turf toe injury suffered Dec. 7 in Detroit. Reynaud has been inactive for the past three games. Even if he's healthy, Reynaud is unlikely to return to the kickoff return role Sunday given how well Maurice Hicks (36.7-yard average on three returns) did last Sunday against the New York Giants.

  • NT Pat Williams did light work in practice Wednesday and Thursday as he tries to return from a broken shoulder blade.


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