Is Frazier still the top choice in Buffalo?
Buffalo Bills fans looking forward to a head coaching announcement in the near future were probably rooting hard for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Yes, it was most likely the first and only time a Bills fan would root for the Cowboys.
With Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier considered the leading candidate to take over the Bills, NFL rules allow contact with coaching candidates only after their teams are eliminated from the playoffs.
Now that the Vikings have advanced to next Sunday's NFC championship game with a 34-3 victory over the Cowboys, Bills fans must continue to wait patiently.
The 50-year-old Frazier interviewed for the Buffalo job two weeks while the Vikes were enjoying their bye week, while former defensive coordinator and interim coach Perry Fewell is no longer a candidate after taking the defensive coordinator position with the New York Giants.
Charley Casserly reported on CBS’ NFL Today pregame show that the Bills offered Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh the job, but he declined the offer. Harbaugh’s name has been linked to the Oakland Raiders job, as it’s expected that owner Al Davis will part with head coach Tom Cable.
Unless the Bills reevaluate their search, Frazier looks like the last remaining option. He’s interviewed with several NFL teams for head jobs the last few seasons, and Casserly noted over the weekend that Tony Dungy would have hired Frazier as head coach in Seattle if he had accepted the Seattle Seahawks' offer to become team president.
Mike Shanahan, Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden and Harbaugh have all reportedly turned down overtures from the Bills, and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer declined an interview last week, citing his happiness with his current situation.
The Bills received permission to speak with Arizona offensive line coach Russ Grimm and San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, but Grimm decided to remain in Arizona for now and Rivera reportedly said he wasn't interested while the Chargers were still in the playoffs.
Now that the Chargers have been eliminated, will Rivera have a change of heart?
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