“Quick To Hear And Slow To Speak”

June 4th, 2014

Frazier is coaching his coaches with his unique style

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.

28 Responses to ““Quick To Hear And Slow To Speak””

  1. Vincente Says:

    I like that. He’s gonna do great sounds like he’s exactly what coach lovie wanted. Great teachers.

  2. Bucs Fan #237 Says:

    “…and it’s not because he’s still in shock by what Josh Freeman did on Monday Night Football for his Vikings last season”


    Quote of the day.

  3. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    My wife and I have a saying for folks like the Dungy, Smiths, and Fraziers of the world. We say these people are “comfortable in their own skin”.

    They don’t need to impress anybody because they are happy with who they are, don’t feel inferior or superior, and they are happy to let their actions speak for them.

    My wife and I are always attracted to these kinds of folks. Think about them in your own life. The people you know who are truly comfortable in their own skin. Much cooler to hang around than folks always out to talk about their greatness.

    I’m literally old school. My mother always told me if I had to tell somebody how great I was it was meaningless. When my actions or results drew the praise that was worthwhile.

  4. Touch_Down_Tampa_Bay Says:

    Teachers hungry to get better. You have to love it. Byrd adding to his teaching knowledge from Fraizer. The perfect fit. I like our coaches. 2nd half adjustments will be fun to watch.

  5. Ryan Says:

    “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.” Hahaha I love you Joe

  6. White Tiger Says:

    Yes, our second choice.

    The Glennon-ites should love this guy – he helped them prove Schiano was right in benching Freeman – by starting him after two weeks on the team, after AD couldnt start…and then ol’ Leslie did Freeman such a solid…

    …Leslie threw the ball 51 times – more than he had ever thrown, with any QB, ever…and he kept Josh throwing every down, till the end of the game.

    Yep, good ol’ Leslie.

    [sarcasm]Great guy[/sarcasm].

    Maybe we should bench McCoy and then trade for a LB – then 2 weeks later start him.

  7. BFFL Says:

    Leslie was forced to play Freeman. If you remember, there was rumors that Leslie was not on board with signing Freeman.

    For all you Freemanites..stop blaming everyone except Freeman for Freeman’s failures.

  8. Chef Paul Says:

    I love both of our coordinators. I think we hit the jackpot with them. Lovie did a great job picking these guys. The stars are aligning for this team!!

  9. SAMCRO Says:

    @White Tiger

    IMO I believe Rick Spielman put Frazier in that precarious position. After he signed Freeman, he asked the coaching staff to get him in as quick as possible, and I think all this against Frazier’s better judgement. Frazier was already in jeopardy of being fired, so why would he throw Freeman into the fire unprepared? I bet Frazier resisted at first, but was over-ruled by Spielman. That start should have never happened, so soon.

  10. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    The coach (leslie) was forced to play Freeman, the GM has signed freeman and wanted him in the line up, we all know what happened then. Of course for some reason that sounds very familiar to me.

  11. Couch Fan Says:

    Aww, still making excuses for that bum QB that isn’t even in the league anymore because he sucks so bad. Keep em’ coming tiger.

  12. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    Come on Tiger, Frazier was probably told by Spielman ( who BTW makes Dom look like a great GM in comparison) that he should start Freeman. Frazier may need to do a self eval at HC, but he’ll be a good DC for the Bucs

  13. INDYbucsfan Says:

    I’m glad he did play freeman whatever the reason. Now we have him as a D coordinator where he kills it!

  14. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Poor, poor Josh Freeman. Hear that violin?

  15. PRBucFan Says:

    “Depth a corner.”

    Got scoffed at for suggesting such a thing just last week lol.

    Who woulda thunk it?

  16. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    To clarify, we’re talking about “I made about $10,000,000.00 last year Josh Freeman”, right?

  17. Mumbles Says:

    Cool dude! Secondary is his specialty. D-Line in Minnesota was top-notch!

  18. PRBucFan Says:

    White Tiger has always been a Freemanite..

    Poor wittle Joshy poo, never accountable, always excusable right? lol

    He exposed him for what he was on that Monday night, for his best in the long run I suppose lol.

  19. biff barker Says:

    Freepology Is a disease. It’s intended cure launched the Glennon Mob.

  20. OAR Says:

    Anybody else think lol looks like someone drowning? Drowning ain’t funny!

  21. biff barker Says:

    BTW, Fraiser’s ticket out of Minnesota was printed long before the creepy snake lover ever arrived. Saying.
    When a GM starts deciding who to start, the elephant is already in the room.

  22. OAR Says:

    Like Dave Wannstedt and a few others, Frazier makes a much much better coordinator than HC. I for one am looking forward to seeing the defensive play and the defense being even better.

  23. stevek Says:


    Freewee blew it, it is on him.

    He didn’t have to steal 3 million dollars from Minnesota, he could have respectively hung up his cleats.

    Instead, he’d rather go out, get paid, and put forth a crap effort.

    Good riddance!

    Schiano has an eye for talent, and eye to remove malcontents. Thank goodness he did the entire Buccaneer community a solid by ridding us of the Freewee.

  24. Bob Says:

    How about “Quick to win; slow to lose”?

  25. White Tiger Says:

    Schinao is blind.

    …and he can’t coach either.

  26. Couch Fan Says:

    Thats ok Freeman is a mental midget so they make a nice combination on the couch together.

  27. jo_mama Says:

    Josh Freeman is a Joke and Leslie Fraiser wanted him on the team he is a bigger joke.

  28. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    “jo_mama Says:
    June 4th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Josh Freeman is a Joke and Leslie Fraiser wanted him on the team he is a bigger joke.”