The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired ex-Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier as their defensive coordinator, the team announced Monday night.
Frazier won only 21 games in his four seasons in Minnesota but did lead them to the playoffs in 2012. Frazier also won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts as their defensive coordinator.
The Bucs new head coach Lovie Smith announced the hire of Frazier yesterday. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Leslie Frazier and I consider myself very fortunate to have him on my staff,” Smith said.
“It was a no brainer really to get him, for us to merge together. We always wanted to work together.”
Smith was brought in to replace former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano last week after Schiano won only four games last season. Smith last coached in the league in 2012 at the Chicago Bears where he was said to be a big fan of Frazier.
Frazier will get a defense that measured 16th in the league last year and has two players elected to the Pro-Bowl in Gerald McCoy and Darrelle Revis. He will be joined in Tampa Bay by Jeff Tedford, the former University of California head coach acting as offensive coordinator under Lovie Smith.
The Bucs appear keen to rebuild their coaching staff early in order to start the rebuild of a team which some thought to be playoff bound this year.