Leslie Frazier
Frazier in 2012
Buffalo Bills
Position:Assistant head coach & defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1959-04-03) April 3, 1959 (age 62)
Columbus, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Columbus (MS) Lee
College:Alcorn State
Undrafted:1981
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
As player
As coach
Career NFL statistics
Games played:65
Interceptions:20
Sacks:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Return yards:77
Defensive touchdowns:2
Head coaching record
Regular season:21–32–1 (.398)
Postseason:0–1 (.000)
Career:21–33–1 (.391)
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Leslie Antonio Frazier (born April 3, 1959) is an American football coach and former cornerback who is the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2010 to 2013 and previously served as an assistant coach for the Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles.

College career

Frazier played college football at Alcorn State University, where he lined up in the defensive secondary next to Roynell Young.[1]

Professional career

Frazier was a part of the 1985 Chicago Bears team that won Super Bowl XX. During the 1985 championship season, Frazier led the team with six interceptions. His playing career was cut short due to a knee injury he suffered returning a punt in the second quarter of the Super Bowl. During a Super Bowl XX punt return, he suffered a knee injury and was carried off the field. Surgery was conducted by Dr. Bill Clancy of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the damage revealed to the knee included tears of the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate, and medial collateral ligaments and a fractured bone under the kneecap. It was initially anticipated that he would be able to return during the latter half of the 1986 NFL season. However by October it was clear he was not going to be able to play for the rest of 1986. His knee never healed completely to the point of making a comeback and was cut by the Bears on August 3, 1987. He was also a member of the "G Crew" in "The Super Bowl Shuffle".

Coaching career

Frazier started his coaching career in 1988 as the first head coach at Trinity College in Illinois, now known as Trinity International University. He held the position for nine seasons, built the NAIA program from the ground up and won a pair of Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference titles before he moved on to the University of Illinois in 1997 as the Illinois defensive backs coach.

In 1999, Frazier joined first time head coach Andy Reid as defensive backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. It was there that Frazier worked as a fellow assistant with the Vikings future head coach, Brad Childress. The Eagles defense improved steadily in the four years that Frazier was there.

He was defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003 to 2004 where he helped turn the unit into a group that increased takeaways from 24 in 2003 to 36 in 2004. The Bengals' 36 takeaways ranked third in the NFL in 2004. The 2004 Bengals notched 20 interceptions, the most since 1996. The Bengals' defense improved from 28th in the league in total yards allowed in 2003 to 19th in 2004, and declined in the two years following his dismissal.

In 2005, Frazier was hired by Tony Dungy as a defensive assistant for the Indianapolis Colts, receiving the title of special assistant to the head coach as well as defensive backs coach. He was specifically brought in by Dungy to help the Colts' young corps of defensive backs. During his time in Indianapolis the Colts passing defense improved from 15th in 2005 to second in 2006. On February 4, 2007 the Colts beat Frazier's former team, the Chicago Bears, in Super Bowl XLI. Four days later, on February 8, 2007, he became the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings following the hiring of Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin by the Pittsburgh Steelers as their head coach.

On November 22, 2010, the Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress after the team started 3–7 and named Frazier the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2010 season.[2] Frazier ended the 2010 season with a loss to the Detroit Lions, putting the Vikings in last place in the NFC North. Frazier's record in 2010 was 3–3.

On January 3, 2011, the Vikings and Frazier reached an agreement making him the permanent head coach. In his first season as head coach, the rebuilding Vikings went 3–13, their worst season since 1984. On December 5, 2011, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf stated Frazier would return in 2012.[3]

In Frazier's second full year as head coach, the Vikings improved to 10–6, making the playoffs.[4] The biggest single-season turn around in Vikings history resulted in Frazier finishing fourth in voting for the NFL Coach of the Year Award and the Vikings exercising their fourth year team option to keep Frazier under contract through 2014.[5]

On December 30, 2013, Frazier was fired as the Vikings head coach after a 5–10–1 season.[6]

Frazier was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their defensive coordinator on January 3, 2014. On January 7, 2016, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they would not pick up Frazier's 2016 option.

On January 15, 2016, Frazier was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as their secondary coach.[7]

On January 12, 2017, Frazier was hired by the Buffalo Bills to be their defensive coordinator.[8] On March 4, 2020, Frazier was promoted to assistant head coach.[9]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
MIN* 2010 3 3 0 .500 4th in NFC North
MIN 2011 3 13 0 .188 4th in NFC North
MIN 2012 10 6 0 .625 2nd in NFC North 0 1 .000 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Wild Card Game
MIN 2013 5 10 1 .344 4th in NFC North
Total 21 32 1 .398 0 1 .000

* – Interim head coach

References

  1. ^ "Alcorn State Graduate Leslie Frazier Named Interim Head Coach of Minnesota Vikings". HBCU Sports. November 22, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Vikings fire coach Brad Childress". ESPN. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  3. ^ "Hartman: Wilf says Frazier will be back next year". Star Tribune.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 3, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Vikings Exercise Option On Frazier's Contract For 2014 Season".
  6. ^ "Vikings fire Leslie Frazier". Fox News Channel. December 30, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  7. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff (January 15, 2016). "Ravens hire ex-Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier to run secondary in defensive staff shake-up". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Brown, Clifton (January 12, 2017). "Ravens secondary coach Leslie Frazier will be Bills' defensive coordinator". NBC Sports Washington. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Smith, Michael David (March 4, 2020). "Bills promote Leslie Frazier to assistant head coach".