According to NFL Media reporter Ian Rapoport, the Indianapolis Colts have submitted a request to the Buffalo Bills to interview defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for the Colts’ open head coaching vacancy.
Frazier was formerly on Tony Dungy’s defensive coaching staff with the Colts as defensive assistant (2005) and assistant head coach/defensive backs coach (2006). Since then, Frazier has had a ton of gigs. He was the defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and interim head coach with the Minnesota Vikings (2007-’10) and was ultimately their head coach from 2011-’13. After being let go from Minnesota, Frazier was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator (2014-’15), Baltimore Ravens secondary coach (2016) and then the Bills’ defensive coordinator (2017-present).
Frazier’s Buffalo defense was ranked 26th in 2017 (355.1 YPG) and ranked 18th in points allowed (22.4 PPG). Frazier had a 21-32-1 record (.398) as head coach of the Vikings, finishing last in the NFC North all but one season.
If you’re keeping score at home, Frazier had a very poor go of it as a head coach in Minnesota and has had very mixed returns as a coordinator. Him being a candidate feels like it’s because Colts owner Jim Irsay wants him to have a shot.