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ORCHARD PARK – The ripple effects of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneging on accepting the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job, is now impacting the Buffalo Bills.
After new of McDaniels surprising revelation came down on Monday night, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted that Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier could be in play for the vacancy. On Thursday, Rapoport’s predictions came to fruition, as he was the first to report that the Colts had requested permission to interview Frazier.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 8, 2018
Frazier has familiarity with the Colts organization and team owner Jim Irsay, having spent two seasons there in 2005 and 2006, the latter of which ended with a Super Bowl XLI victory, where Frazier served as an assistant head coach and defensive backs coach. In 2007, Frazier joined the Minnesota Vikings staff as a defensive coordinator and worked his way up the ranks to interim head coach in 2010 following Brad Childress’ firing. The following season he maintained the role on a permanent basis. Frazier also spent time as a defensive coordinator with Tampa Bay in 2015 and a secondary coach with Baltimore in 2016 before coming to Buffalo last offseason.
Losing Frazier wouldn’t necessarily be the end of the world for Buffalo since head coach Sean McDermott is the mastermind behind building the Bills defense, but there was an obvious mutual respect between Frazier and McDermott throughout their first and possibly only season together here in Buffalo.
Frazier isn’t the only coaching candidate Indianapolis has requested to interview. The Colts are also scheduled to meet with Saints assistant head coach/tight ends Dan Campbell and Eagles offensive coordinator and former Buffalo Bills QB Frank Reich.