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.