The Colts are moving on swiftly from the Josh McDaniels debacle, putting in a request to interview Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
McDaniels shockingly bailed on the head coaching job in Indianapolis on Tuesday evening and GM Chris Ballard has wasted no time in restarting his search. Though they have already scheduled interviews with Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich and Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell, Frazier's name stands out due his experience and previous ties to the organisation.
The 58-year-old spent two seasons in Indy in 2005-06 under Tony Dungy with whom he shares a great relationship. Frazier was integral in helping the Colts win a Super Bowl as a defensive assistant in 2005.
“Leslie is a special guy, in my book,” Dungy said of his friend. “He came with us for two years and helped us win a Super Bowl. So on top of personal friendship, I’m always going to be grateful for his role in helping us get to the top.”
Frazier, a member of the '85 Bears secondary, has nearly 20 years of coaching experience in the NFL, largely as a defensive coordinator. He spent three full seasons as the head coach of the Vikings, leading them to the playoffs in 2012.
Frazier has a 21-32-1 record as an NFL head coach. He joined the Bills as defensive coordinator after spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons as the Buccaneers' DC and 2016 with the Baltimore Ravens' as their secondary coach.
Buffalo's defense was ranked 26th in yards per game and 18th in scoring defense last season. Whilst that isn't flattering on the face of things, various injuries and extenuating circumstances affected their standing, and they still managed to reach the playoffs.
His link to the Colts stands him in good stead for the job, with owner Jim Irsay clearly a fan of bringing him back to Indy. His hiring would certainly seem to be a shrewd move as stability is desperately needed in Indianapolis following a tumultuous week.
It may not be the flash hire that Colts fans were getting with McDaniels, but Frazier's vast coaching experience and his relationship with the organisation make him an attractive candidate. An endorsement from the franchise's former Super Bowl winning coach Dungy will also increase his chances of nailing down the job.
They may yet opt for another offensive mind in Frank Reich who is scheduled to interview on Friday, but watch out Frazier's name in relation to this job.