NFL: Childress: Frazier to interview for Bills job
By JOHN WAWROW
AP Sports Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is a candidate for the Buffalo Bills head coaching job, and scheduled to interview with the team on Thursday.
Without saying where the meeting will take place, Vikings head coach Brad Childress confirmed in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Wednesday that Frazier will interview with the Bills. Frazier becomes the second person to formally interview for the job after Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell had a four-hour session with general manager Buddy Nix on Monday.
Buffalo (6-10) missed the playoffs for a 10th straight season and is searching for its fourth head coach in 10 years after Dick Jauron was fired in November.
The interview with Frazier will take place during the Vikings’ week off before they prepare to open the playoffs against Dallas, Green Bay or Arizona on Jan. 17. Under NFL rules, the two sides will not be able to meet again until the Vikings are eliminated or reach the Super Bowl.
Should Minnesota qualify for the Super Bowl, the Bills would be allowed to talk to Frazier during the week following the NFC championship game.
Frazier is in his 11th NFL season as coach and third with the Vikings. He has been credited with overseeing a stout unit that has ranked sixth in the league in yards allowed the past two seasons. He joined the Vikings after being a defensive backs coach with the Colts, where he also served as a special assistant to head coach Tony Dungy.
This is not the first time Frazier has been pegged as a head-coaching candidate. He spent two days interviewing with the Rams last year, and was also a finalist for the opening in Detroit a year ago. In 2008, he interviewed for the Dolphins vacancy.
Frazier is a former cornerback who played with the Bears from 1981-86, and was a starter on Chicago’s star-studded 1985 defense that carried the team to a Super Bowl title.
Frazier has been mentioned as a potential candidate in Buffalo for the past week, even though the Bills prefer someone with previous head-coaching experience. The Bills are also interested in former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, though it’s unclear whether the two sides have had significant discussions.