While the Buffalo Bills are keeping their offensive coaching staff in tact for 2021, their defensive coaching staff may not be so lucky.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier is under “heavy consideration” for the head coaching vacancy with the Houston Texans. Ironically enough, the other name said to be in the running is Frazier’s diametric opponent this Sunday, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Frazier has been looked over far too much in many fans’ eyes considering the way the Bills’ defense has gelled and improved its performance this season. He was also talked about as a head-coaching candidate last season but failed to be chosen. Ironically (again), many assume the reason for his stagnation is similar to that of Bieniemy; the success of the unit he coaches is more the result of the head coach than the coordinator. Leslie Frazier has failed to capture the attention and credit for his defense’s performance during his tenure in Buffalo because it is often considered “Sean McDermott’s defense.”
Frazier is also considered a re-tread coach after previously being the Minnesota Vikings’ head coach from 2010-2013. Head coach Sean McDermott has commented multiple times how Frazier has used that experience to assist McDermott in avoiding many of the first-time head-coaching mistakes. While McDermott’s footing is under him after being a head coach for three seasons, Frazier’s leadership experience would surely be missed at One Bills Drive.