The Texans’ top priority right now should probably be patching things up with face of the franchise Deshaun Watson, but in the meantime their coaching search is plowing full steam ahead. Houston will interview Leslie Frazier for their opening, a source told Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com (Twitter link).
This is an interesting one, as Frazier makes a lot of sense on paper for teams with openings but we haven’t heard too much buzz about him. He’s currently the defensive coordinator (although Sean McDermott ultimately runs the defense) and assistant head coach with the Bills, who are obviously experiencing a lot of success at the moment. Buffalo thought highly enough of him to promote him to AHC back in March.
Frazier played a handful of years with the Bears back in the ’80s, and then broke into the league as a coach with the Eagles in 1999 coaching DBs. He eventually became the defensive coordinator in Minnesota, and was named interim head coach after Brad Childress was fired midway through the 2010 season. After finishing 3-3, Frazier was promoted to full-time head coach.
He led the Vikings for the next three seasons, leading them to a 10-6 record and playoff appearance in 2012. Following a 5-10-1 2013 campaign he was let go, and became the DC in Tampa Bay for the next couple of years. If the Texans do elect to hire a defensive coach like Frazier, perhaps they’d be inclined to keep current offensive coordinator Tim Kelly on staff, who Watson has raved about.