It’s Leslie Frazier As Defensive CoordinatorJanuary 4th, 2014
Just because one works for BSPN and has a high profile doesn’t mean what comes from his mouth or fingers is Gospel.
Despite what BSPN’s Adam Schefter reported as fact the other night, Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli will not be the Bucs defensive coordinator. Instead, it is former Vikings coach and Rip Van Freeman victim Leslie Frazier who will lead Lovie Smith’s charges.
That’s the word of authority by way of Twitter from Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
@RCummingsTBO: Bucs source confirms to Tampa Tribune that Leslie Frazier will become new Bucs defensive coordinator
Joe has been lukewarm all along with the hiring of Lovie, the naming of Jeff Tedford as offensive coordinator and now the hiring of Frazier as defensive coordinator. Hiring Marinelli would have made Joe excited. Alas, Joe just shrugs.
But Joe knows Bucs fans love names they recognize, especially if they are connected to Father Dungy. So here goes. Before he became defensive coordinator in Minnesota, Frazier worked for Father Dungy in Indianapolis as a defensive backs coach for two seasons.