Here we go again.
For the last two offseasons, the Vikings have had to wait to see if defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was going to return or be offered a head-coaching position elsewhere. A finalist for the jobs in St. Louis and Denver a year ago, it's clear that Frazier is on the radar of many NFL organizations as a front-running head-coaching prospect.
It would appear that process has begun again this year. Reports out of Buffalo say that Bills team officials are flying to the Twin Cities Wednesday to meet with Frazier about their head coaching vacancy. The bulk of that interview is expected to take place on Thursday. Under league rules, other teams can't approach assistant coaches of playoff teams until their season has ended, but a provision is made for those coaches of teams on a bye week that they can meet with other teams during that week – giving organizations in a hurry a chance to interview a potential assistant from a Super Bowl team to gauge interest on both sides in a possible head coaching position.
Frazier came to the Vikings in 2007 after the Steelers surprised many in the NFL by hiring first-year Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin as their head coach. Frazier has been the defensive coordinator of the Vikings the last three seasons and also spent two years (2003-04) as the defensive coordinator of the Bengals.
After this week, no teams can approach Vikings assistant coaches until after the Vikings' season is over.
The Bills are reportedly interested in an offensive-minded head coach, so Frazier may not turn out to be a finalist for that job. But at least he's back on the coaching radar again. His Vikings defense finished sixth overall in the NFL, second against the run and 19th against the pass.
Bills to interview Frazier
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