“Quick To Hear And Slow To Speak”June 4th, 2014
Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is a quiet man of measured words, and it’s not because he’s still in shock by what Josh Freeman did on Monday Night Football for his Vikings last season.
Frazier lives in that Lovie Smith, Father Dungy mold, a teacher who makes his teachings count.
Animated Tampa Bay cornerbacks coach Gil Byrd, a Pro Bowler in his days as a Chargers cornerback, says Frazier is having a huge impact on him. Frazier himself was a cornerback on the vaunted 1985 Bears defense.
“We played in the same era, but Leslie was more of a press corner, a long corner, a bigger corner,” Byrd said. “I was a shorter stockier corner with more quickness.”
“Most of us coach from our strengths and what we did well. So I’ve learned a lot from Leslie in a short time.”
Byrd explained that Frazier is very much about giving players a “menu” of skills to work with and is not a one-way or one-size-fits-all kind of teacher. And Byrd is enamored by that Frazier cool.
“Listening. Leslie is quick to hear and slow to speak, and slow to be angry. And I love that about him,” Byrd said.
Joe will have more from Byrd and the coaching and evolution of the Bucs cornerbacks in the coming days.