The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made it official, hiring former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Leslie Frazier and I consider myself very fortunate to have him on my staff,” Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said. “Leslie is one of the best defensive coaches in the NFL and he has a long track record of helping players reach their full potential. He transformed Minnesota’s defense into one of the league’s elite units during his time there and I look forward to working with him to do the same here in Tampa Bay.”
Frazier is entering his 18th season coaching in the NFL.
He was the Vikings' head coach for the previous three seasons and was a defensive coordinator for teh Vikings previously with his defenses finishing in the top 10 three times.
During Frazier’s seven seasons, the Vikings recorded the most sacks in the NFL (297) and the second-most forced fumbles (114) during that span. While in Minnesota, defensive end Jared Allen has posted an NFL-leading 85.5 sacks since joining the Vikings in 2008.
An All-American defensive back at Alcorn State, Frazier played six seasons for the Chicago Bears, including starting on the 1985 Super Bowl championship team and leading the team in interceptions three consecutive seasons.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun