"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Leslie Frazier and I consider myself very fortunate to have him on my staff," new Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said in a release posted on the team's Web site. "Leslie is one of the best defensive coaches in the NFL and he has a long track record of helping players reach their full potential. He transformed Minnesota's defense into one of the league's elite units during his time there and I look forward to working with him to do the same here in Tampa Bay."
Frazier joins Smith in a revamped Tampa Bay coaching staff after Greg Schiano was fired last week. Frazier and Smith are both proponents of the Tampa-2 defensive system that originated with the Buccaneers.
Frazier has spent 16 seasons as an NFL coach, including the past three-plus seasons as Minnesota's head coach. Frazier served as the Vikings' defensive coordinator from 2007 until 2010 when he replaced Brad Childress as the head coach on an interim basis.