Oct 2, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Buffalo Bills coach Leslie Frazier prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Bills need a DC with Leslie Frazier planning year off

Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier plans to take the 2023 season off, creating a vacancy at the position in Buffalo.

Frazier turns 64 in April and has been actively involved in a coaching capacity since 1988. He also played in the NFL from 1981-85.

“Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has decided to take a year off from coaching,” the Bills said Tuesday, noting Frazier plans to return to the team in 2024.

Frazier became defensive coordinator of the Bills in 2017, rejoining head coach Sean McDermott, who was on the same coaching staff with the Philadelphia Eagles in the early 2000s.

The Bills are third in the NFL since Frazier was hired, allowing 20 points per game, and Buffalo ranks first in yards allowed per game (315), passing yards per game (202), and passing touchdowns allowed (107).

McDermott could take on more responsibility with the defense during Frazier’s absence.

–Field Level Media

Parks Frazier, the Colts assistant coach, throws footballs to players before the start of their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, CA., Sunday, Oct 28, 2018.

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Colts confirm Parks Frazier, 30, as offensive play-caller

Frank Reich’s former personal assistant has gone from typing the game script to calling the plays under Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday.

A headline during a whirlwind week in Indianapolis, the Colts bypassed former Saturday teammate and current assistant coach Reggie Wayne to promote Parks Frazier to the prominent role on Monday. The move came hours after Reich was fired by owner Jim Irsay.

Frazier was the team’s passing game specialist and assistant quarterbacks coach under Reich, who hired him from the college ranks to be a personal assistant in 2018.

Saturday said Frazier’s role will not be a short-term tryout. The plan as of Wednesday is for Frazier to call offensive plays the rest of the 2022 season.

“We’re all going to be involved in helping Parks call the right plays,” Saturday said.

Saturday, last week an ESPN NFL analyst and Colts advisor, takes over the 3-5-1 Colts with only days to prepare for the Las Vegas Raiders (2-6).

Irsay came to Saturday with the idea of moving on from Reich but retained general manager Chris Ballard. Ballard hired Reich to be head coach after then-Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who’ll be on the other sideline Sunday with the Raiders, did a U-turn after already accepting the position in 2018.

Saturday said he took the job because he couldn’t take losing. He met with players for the first time Wednesday.

“Because I care. This (losing) sucks. I care about the players,” Saturday said Wednesday. “The staff, they sacrifice. These are my people. These people matter to me.”

Frazier was a college quarterback at Northeast Mississippi Junior College and Murray State.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; East Rutherford, N.J., USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores during a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Bears’ next coach odds: Brian Flores early favorite

Brian Flores does not appear destined to be out of work long.

Fired by the Miami Dolphins on Monday following three seasons, Flores has already emerged as the favorite to fill the Chicago Bears’ head coaching vacancy. He is being offered at +160 by BetMGM, ahead of Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier (+600), while Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus both had +650 odds Thursday afternoon.

Bears chairman George McCaskey is leading the five-person committee searching for Chicago’s next coach and general manager.

Thus far, the deep group of reported head coaching candidates includes a variety of offensive and defensive minds.

One key question is whether Flores is seen as a good fit with whomever the new GM is going to be. The second is whether the Bears will be Flores’ first choice.

Houston reportedly fired coach David Culley on Thursday, and Flores is close with Texans general manager Nick Caserio from their years together with the New England Patriots. Flores is also being offered at +550 to replace Joe Judge with the Giants and +800 to replace Mike Zimmer with the Vikings.

Flores has been backed by the most bets to be named the Bears’ next coach with 21.3 percent at BetMGM. Frazier, whose odds opened at +500 on Thursday morning, has been supported with the most money wagered at 33.2 percent, making him the sportsbook’s biggest liability.

Daboll’s odds had lengthened from +600, while Eberflus had the biggest move with his odds shortening from +1400.

Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson is being offered at +800 and has drawn 17.0 percent of the bets and 19.9 percent of the money. He interviewed for the position on Wednesday while the Bears have also interviewed several GM candidates.

–Field Level Media