Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is being mentioned as a potential candidate for another head-coaching job, this time with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Just when it seemed that the Vikings had dodged a bullet concerning Leslie Frazier getting a head coaching position elsewhere, his name has surfaced again – this time with Kansas City's head coaching vacancy.
Although the local K.C. media has been fawning over Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Frazier's name has been mentioned as a possibility as well. Frazier, who has made the rounds as a potential head-coaching prospect, was viewed as a frontrunner for a couple of coaching openings last winter as well as earlier this month.
Last year, he interviewed with the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons. This year, Frazier interviewed with the Detroit Lions and was considered the runner-up after interviews with the Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams. All three of those positions have been filled, but Kansas City still hasn't named its head coach.
The Chiefs waited to bring the hammer down on head coach Herm Edwards until last weekend, which seemed a little late considering that the college all-star games are typically attended by head coaches – much less the time that is required to gather a staff of assistants. By waiting so long, many of the available coaches that were either part of other organizational coaching purges or waiting to latch on with a new regime have already been signed.
It would seem clear that the Chiefs are going to wait until after the Super Bowl to make a decision, which would lend itself to the local interest in all things Haley. But expect to hear in the coming days that Frazier may be in line to interview for the position.
Just when we thought it was safe to say that Frazier will be back with the Vikings in 2009, the waters got a little muddier.
Frazier may not have got the Rams head coaching job, but that doesn't mean the team won't have a Vikings flavor on the coaching staff. Aside from former Minnesota special teams coach Paul Ferraro being hired on the defensive staff as linebackers coach, the Rams announced Tuesday that former Vikings assistant Charlie Baggett has been hired as wide receivers coach and that the Rams have retained offensive line coach Steve Loney.
There's no denying the NFL's popularity in England. On Tuesday, the league announced that the third annual regular-season game to played at Wembley Stadium – an Oct. 25 meeting between the Patriots and Buccaneers – has already sold 70,000 tickets, including 20,000 in the first seven minutes.
For those who believe the Vikings might be in the mix to sign Patriots QB Matt Cassel, they got some good news Tuesday. The Boston area media is reporting that the latest medical report on injured starter Tom Brady states that he is on pace to be ready for the regular-season opener next year and that no additional procedures are expected. Brady had knee surgery last October and had a pair of post-operative infections that required additional surgery.
The Bears are being rumored to have an interest in free-agent QB Kurt Warner, whose agent is apparently looking to test the free-agent waters in hopes of securing the best deal possible for his client. Warner has given recent indications that he would prefer to stay in Arizona and he could be given the franchise tag to make sure that happens.
The difficult economic times are having a ripple effect on the NFL. On Tuesday, the Redskins announced their second set of layoffs in a month, letting go almost their entire non-premium ticket-selling staff. Earlier this month, the team let go 23 employees. Also on Tuesday, the Colts announced the release of 25 employees from various departments.