Report: Bills hire former Vikings HC Leslie Frazier as DC

Report: Bills hire former Vikings HC Leslie Frazier as DC
Posted at 6:48 PM, Jan 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-12 20:58:46-05

The Buffalo Bills hired Sean McDermott as their next head coach, and since that point, he's likely been fast at work trying to put together a coaching staff to accompany him in western New York.

While the race for an offensive coordinator is likely the most important hire he'll make, a big name at defensive coordinator is now heading to the Bills to join McDermott's staff.

According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, the Bills have hired current Baltimore Ravens defensive backs coach Leslie Frazier as the team's next defensive coordinator. Frazier was also the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings for three seasons from 2011 to 2013.

Frazier and McDermott worked together in Philadelphia from 1999 to 2002, right when McDermott was starting out in the NFL as a scouting assistant. Frazier was the Eagles defensive backs coach for that period before moving on to another team.

Frazier was not the only name linked to the defensive coordinator job. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Bills are interested in Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb for that role. Holcomb has worked with McDermott over the past four seasons in Carolina.

Ultimately Frazier was hired for the job, filling one of the three big coordinator roles on the staff.

The only other opening that has a report linking the Bills to a name is from The Baltimore Sun, which said that current Baltimore Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo will serve in the same role with the Bills, in addition to being the running game coordinator.

The Bills have yet to announce any official members of McDermott's coaching staff.

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