Frazier hired as Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator

Former Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier watches as his team plays the Washington Redskins in November at the Metrodome. Frazier is set to become Tampa Bay's new defensive coordinator.  

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It didn’t take Leslie Frazier long to find another NFL job.

A week after being fired as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Frazier landed on his feet as the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator.

Tampa Bay officially announced the much-rumored news Monday evening, seven days after Frazier was fired as Minnesota’s coach with a 21-32-1 record in three-plus seasons.

"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.

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