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Report: Vikings' Frazier top choice in Buffalo

Minnesota defensive coordinator impresses Bills GM Nix. Dave Miller

Print This January 09, 2010, 11:37 PM EST

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is the leading candidate to become the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills, according to SI.com’s Jim Trotter.

Frazier reportedly “blew away” newly hired Bills GM Buddy Nix in his interview this week, an interview that was granted because the Vikings are on their bye as the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

Frazier’s name had been in the news all day Saturday because of his reported meeting with Seattle Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke to essentially fulfill the team’s Rooney Rule obligation before the Pete Carroll hiring is announced. Leiweke, however, reportedly told Frazier before the interview that Carroll did not yet have the Seahawks job, which had been reported since Friday afternoon.

Understandably, Frazier had no interest in discussing the vacancy with the Seahawks if Carroll had already been promised full control of the team.

So Frazier remains a viable candidate for the Buffalo job, as he runs a similar Tampa 2-style defense that former Bills head coach Perry Fewell ran in Orchard Park.

As strong of a candidate Frazier is, it’s interesting that the Bills would be intrigued by a coach who runs a defense that did not work for the Bills in the tough AFC East in the past regime.

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