Hartman: Frazier, Tampa Bay talk about coaching job

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 3, 2014 - 12:21 AM

Lovie Smith is looking for a defensive coordinator, but the former Vikings coach also is hearing from other teams.

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Former Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier

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Leslie Frazier doesn’t have to worry about a job if he wants to coach in 2014 because the former Vikings head coach has a number of teams interested in him.

One of the calls he has received was from new Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith. Frazier said Thursday he has been contacted by Smith, but nothing is finalized.

“I don’t know [if I’m taking the job], I’m waiting to hear back from them,” Frazier said. “There’s a couple of things that have to be worked out. I may. I’m not sure yet.”

Will he take the job if it’s offered?

“I might. I have to think through some things,” he said. “I want to get into a good situation. I just have to pray about it and get into a good situation with good people. I just have to be careful.”

Frazier also said there are a few other teams talking to him.

“There’s a couple other things that I don’t know if they’ll come to fruition,” he said. “I just have to wait to see what happens. There’s a couple other teams I’m talking with, I just have to wait.”

Was Frazier surprised the Vikings fired him?

“You know, after we beat Philadelphia [48-30 in Week 15], I don’t know if you remember, there was this report that the Vikings had interviewed or contacted another college coach,” he said. “When I heard that report, that made me concerned that something might be going on, so not completely surprised, no.”

The Vikings lost six games by 12 points or fewer, and Frazier said he believed he and his staff could turn things around next season.

“We’re not far away at all … our team was not that far away,” he said. “We were competitive, and we played good down the stretch. It’s just a little disappointing.”

Frazier said he still believes first-round draft choice Christian Ponder can be the Vikings quarterback.

“He has a chance to develop, he still has a chance, time will tell,” Frazier said. “He has a chance, yeah.”

And what does Frazier think of the Vikings’ future?

“I don’t know,” he said. “I just think stability is important in our league, if you can have some stability. I don’t know what’s going to happen with them. I’m sure they’ll be fine.”

Would he recommend a coach to accept the job?

“They’ll find somebody that will take that job,” Frazier said. “There are only 32 of those jobs. It won’t be hard to find somebody that will take it.”

Will firing Frazier make the Vikings better next season? They have a lot of holes to fill and there are no miracle men around. My opinion is Frazier would have done as good a job as any coach they might hire.

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