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Leslie Frazier out in Tampa as well

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 15:  Head coach Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings leaves the field after the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 15, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Getty Images

Wednesday night’s announcement that the Buccaneers fired head coach Lovie Smith means that there are going to be a lot more changes to the coaching staff in Tampa before the start of next season.

Those changes have started. PFT has confirmed that defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will not return to the team for the 2016 season. Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports that cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd and safeties coach Mikal Smith have also been informed that they will not be retained for another year on the team’s staff.

None of the moves are surprising in the wake of Wednesday’s decision, which appears to have been at least partially driven by a desire to bump offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter up to the head coaching position rather than lose him to another team willing to give him that promotion.

Frazier had some of his responsibilities taken away by Smith this season and the change in head coaches will almost certainly lead to a change of schemes on that side of the ball in Tampa. Byrd was a longtime Smith assistant and Mikal Smith is Lovie’s son, which probably doesn’t bode well for defensive quality control coach Miles Smith’s long-term outlook with the team.

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22 Responses to “Leslie Frazier out in Tampa as well”
  1. bucrightoff says: Jan 7, 2016 11:13 AM

    Any defense that makes Derek Anderson, Austin Davis, Case Keenum, Matt Hasselbeck at 40, Ryan Mallet, Brian Hoyer all look like HOFers probably needs some new coaches.

  2. romophobic says: Jan 7, 2016 11:14 AM

    It would appear as if we need a Rooney Rule for white people to be interviewed to be members of the staff as well.

  3. gregpicken says: Jan 7, 2016 11:18 AM

    Frazier has left the building.

  4. mnsadsportsfan says: Jan 7, 2016 11:19 AM

    I think Frazier was probably the worst Vikings head coach ever he made Tice look like Lombardi!

  5. GenXJay says: Jan 7, 2016 11:26 AM

    Quite & Soft spoken. Only the hoodie can pull that character off.

  6. oneofhis says: Jan 7, 2016 11:29 AM

    I called for this guy to be fired after the first season he was here. Good riddance!

  7. tjacks7 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:30 AM

    I was so glad when the Vikings got rid of Childress.. Then they replaced him with Frazier.. He’s a nice guy but not and NFL caliber coach or coordinator.

    But, I’m sure some team will grab him and his ancient Cover 2 defense that gives up 30+ points per game.

  8. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 7, 2016 11:31 AM

    Down goes Frazier.

  9. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 7, 2016 11:32 AM

    Nicest guy in the world, but the game has passed him by.

  10. dapollock69 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:35 AM

    Down goes Frazier!

  11. diveleft says: Jan 7, 2016 11:36 AM

    mnsadsportsfan says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:19 AM
    I think Frazier was probably the worst Vikings head coach ever he made Tice look like Lombardi!

    You must be too young to remember the one-year experiment known as Les Steckel. He was definitely the worst Viking coach ever.

  12. jlokc says: Jan 7, 2016 11:39 AM

    Watch the Bucs claim their exit interview with Frazier was also a head coaching interview in order to satisfy The Rooney Rule.

  13. yyc2phx says: Jan 7, 2016 12:01 PM

    Koetter .. You ant be serious.. Did you catch his performance at ASU

  14. purpleguy says: Jan 7, 2016 12:18 PM

    Leslie has got to give up using that Tampa 2 defensive scheme all the time. The difference between Frazier and Zimmer has been like night and day.

  15. vikesfan320 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:27 PM

    As a Vikings fan for years, watching Frazier’s defense was tough to do. They went 4-3 Tampa Cover 2 about 95% of the time. It was like a high school scheme, maybe even more watered down. It didn’t even look like an NFL defense the way everyone just sat in their spots pre-snap. Having Zimmer come in and do things like Double A-Gap pressure and 8-on-the-line zone blitzes has been a thing of beauty.

    The Vikings D never really look awful under Frazier, just very basic… but having Zimmer come in and run a real NFL defense has shown just how vanilla and bad Frazier’s defenses were.

  16. bassplucker says: Jan 7, 2016 4:00 PM

    So you had a nice, quiet DC working under a nice, quite HC, coaching what seem to be a group of nice, quiet players in a bend-but-don’t break scheme that passively counts on the other team to make a mistake. And there’s wonderment about why the Bucs D wasn’t any good?

    Seems to me if you want to have a good D you need some alpha males in the equation someplace.

  17. packerup says: Jan 7, 2016 10:31 PM

    Who is going to call out Tampa on race issues ? Pretty obvious..

  18. iejdaniel says: Jan 8, 2016 11:32 AM

    I always wondered why Frazier and Lovie had headsets on? Or if they knew the cords were cut, halfway down their backs?

  19. ravenmuscle says: Jan 8, 2016 12:51 PM

    About time to get rid of the Rooney rule. It’s proven to be a silly rule.

  20. mnfaninil says: Jan 8, 2016 1:00 PM

    Class act as a man, not so good as a coach; at least not with any leadership involved. Hopefully we have seen the last of the cover 2 defensive schemes.

  21. kissmysandwich says: Jan 8, 2016 2:45 PM

    Zimmer took Frazier’s defense from 30th to 11th in one season. Enough said. The game has passed him by.

  22. jonwill57 says: Jan 12, 2016 1:13 PM

    romophobic says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:14 AM

    It would appear as if we need a Rooney Rule for white people to be interviewed to be members of the staff as well.

    139 55
    Why yes…the interests of the white coaches must be protected at all costs. Forget about the fact Lovie might have more Blacks on staff than a couple of teams combined! Says more about the status quo than the make up of his staff. So…

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