Frazier looking forward to Vikings in 2009

Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier wasn't able to secure one of three head-coaching jobs for which he interviewed recently, but Monday at the Senior Bowl he explained the process and his excitement for the 2009 season with the Vikings defense.

Leslie Frazier found out this last week that sometimes it's who you know as much as what you know.

The Vikings defensive coordinator interviewed for three head-coaching jobs ver the last two weeks, reportedly coming in second in Denver and St. Louis and having a "difference of opinion" about the state of the Detroit Lions when he interviewed for that job.

In St. Louis, Frazier felt he did well in his interview, and Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom reportedly favored Frazier while general manager Billy Devaney wanted Giants coordinator Steve Spagnuolo because of their longstanding relationship.

"What I was told was the comfort level. The G.M. and the coach they ended up choosing have a long history, going back to 1987. That was the deciding factor," Frazier said Monday at the Senior Bowl.

So it's who you know, not what you know sometimes?

"That's our business. It's kind of whacky in that way, but a lot of it is relationships," he said.

The story on the Detroit job was a different scenario, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"I can tell you this: We had a difference of opinion in how we saw the current Lions and going forward," Frazier told the Free Press. "That was probably the biggest thing in my interview. We had a different perception."

Despite telling the Free Press that he and the Lions were "really far apart" on the future of that franchise, neither side seemed to come away with hard feelings. During Frazier's interview with Viking Update, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was among the many coaches and front office people that stopped to shake hands and embrace Frazier, with a friendly smile from both parties.

Frazier said there wasn't a big difference in the way that teams conducted their respective interviews.

"Just sometimes the number of people in the room from one place to another, but the questions and the way they approach it, very similar," he said. "What their needs are are usually a little bit different. The process was similar."

Interestingly, Frazier said he had his list of coaches he would have contacted all ready if he had gotten one of the available head-coaching jobs.

"Oh, yeah. You have to come in with who your staff is and be able to articulate that to the ownership. I had some guys in mind, yeah," he said.

That list didn't include the Vikings' assistants. For good reason.

"I don't think Coach (Brad) Childress is going to let anybody out of Minnesota," Frazier said.

The Senior Bowl, which is often viewed as a job fair for job-seeking coaches, wasn't being used by Frazier to evaluate any potential assistants, he said.

"Not really. You're trying to evaluate (players) at the Senior Bowl. Sure enough, you're going to run into guys in your profession that you're going to talk with, but not so much from an evaluation standpoint," Frazier said. "It's more being here for what we've got to do with these seniors that are coming out."

But even with the close calls for his first opportunity at a head-coaching job in the NFL, Frazier was ready to move forward and repeatedly voiced his excitement for the coming season with the Vikings.

"It would have been nice, but we're going to have some fun in Minnesota in '09," he said. "… I'm looking forward to '09 with the Vikings. It's going to be fun."

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