When Lovie Smith got to Tampa Bay, we expected his staff decisions to come down very quickly. That has been the case as within a week of being hired by the Buccaneers, Smith has filled out his staff and most recently hired former Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier as his defensive coordinator.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson was the first to report Frazier being hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Filed to ESPN: Leslie Frazier just text me “going to Tampa.” Frazier then told me he will be the next defensive coordinator for the Bucs.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 4, 2014
Smith and Frazier have history together as not only was Frazier on the 1985 Chicago Bears team, a team that decades later Smith took over, but the duo coached against each other for two years while Frazier was with the Vikings and Smith was with the Bears. There is clearly a lot of respect between the to smith move quickly to hire Frazier less than a week after he was fired by the Vikings.
Frazier comes from a defensive background, which means Smith has his offensive specialist in place with Jeff Tedford and has his co-pilot to run the defense with in Frazier. All of this seems to be good news for Bucs fans hoping that 2014 will see their fortunes turn around.