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Buffalo Bills hire Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator

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The former Vikings head coach worked with Sean McDermott in Philadelphia

Per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, the Bills have hired Baltimore Ravens’ secondary coach Leslie Frazier as their defensive coordinator.

Frazier, 57, has been coaching in the NFL since joining the Eagles’ staff as a defensive backs coach when Andy Reid was hired in 1999. That same season, the team brought in a young scouting coordinator named Sean McDermott, whom the Bills just hired as their head coach.

Frazier’s stay in Philadelphia only lasted four seasons, but since then he’s kept very busy around the league. He’s been a defensive coordinator for seven-plus seasons, most notably with the Vikings from 2007-2010. After Week 11 of the 2010 season, Frazier took over as head coach for the fired Brad Childress, where he remained until being let go himself after the 2013 season. Frazier posted a 21-32-1 record in his tenure with the Vikings, including a 10-6 record and postseason berth in 2012.

Following his departure from Minnesota, Frazier spent two years as the DC for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His defenses generally struggled in Tampa, finishing in the bottom quarter of the league in yards in both seasons and points in his first season (the Bucs posted a 10th-ranked scoring defense in 2015, somehow). He wasn’t retained when Lovie Smith was replaced by Dirk Koetter this past offseason, and spent the year in Baltimore helping their secondary put up the ninth-best pass defense in the league this past season.

Now, he’ll get a chance to run the defense of a fourth NFL team (he was defensive coordinator for the Bengals from 2003-04). It’s not clear what the balance of power will be like when it comes to play-calling, so that will be something to keep an eye on as the staff fleshes out and runs through an offseason.

Frazier is the second member of McDermott’s staff to be announced, and (interestingly) also the second coach he’s swiped from John Harbaugh’s staff in Baltimore, after OL coach and run game coordinator Juan Castillo. McDermott and Harbaugh coached together in Philadelphia from 1999-2007, when Harbaugh left to take the top job with the Ravens. It’s also worth noting that McDermott and his two hires today all have been coaching in the NFL since at least 1999, so it’s not unreasonable to expect more hires with a plethora of experience in the league.

While the most intriguing position has yet to be filled, the rest of his staff is starting to take shape. Any thoughts, Rumblers?

Update: Per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, McDermott’s last boss might’ve played a part in the move as well.

Rivera and Frazier played together on the great Chicago Bears defenses of the mid-80’s, under defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, a name you all know very well by now.