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Fan Friday 2-24

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2017 – 11:32 am

The NFL Combine commences next week. We’ll have full coverage here on Buffalobills.com from Indy. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – How does the Bills present personnel stack up for going back to a 4-3 defense?  Presumably Dareus and Kyle Williams would be the tackles, but are the other defensive linemen currently on the roster suitable to play end in a 4-3, and how do the current linebackers fit such a scheme?

Duane Tananbaum

CB: It’s my contention that the personnel is better suited to a 4-3 defensive front, especially the defensive linemen. Dareus and Kyle will be given the opportunity to get up the field and penetrate. Shaq Lawson said he prefers a 4-3 scheme since that’s what he played in at Clemson. Jerry Hughes has had his most productive seasons as a Bills player in a 4-3 scheme.


2 –
Dear Chris:

With the hiring of Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator, do you think we’ll be running his defense or McDermott’s with Frazier calling the plays? I know both are DCs and don’t want “to many cooks in the kitchen” again like last year. Also do you know if Kyle Williams likes these guys enough to comeback.

John S.

CB: I think one of the main reasons that Leslie Frazier was so attractive to McDermott as a candidate is because there is a good amount of carry over between the two schemes they’ve employed over the years. It’s my belief that it will be more of McDermott’s approach that will be implemented in Buffalo.

And as far as too many cooks in the kitchen, that won’t be an issue. McDermott is extremely thorough and any and all duties and responsibilities will be clearly spelled out for everyone on the staff.

Kyle had positive comments on McDermott after he spoke with him a couple of times by phone. Hopefully it’s enough to convince to keep playing.

3 – Chris,

If Aaron Williams can’t make it back next season and decides to retire, will the Bills see any kind of cap relief from his contract?

Thanks,
Tom

CB: He’d be a cap savings of just over $1.7M if he retired. That wouldn’t be much on a projected cap of $168.1M.

 

4 – CB
Besides QB, there are few positions groups lacking depth or set to be free agents. How do you think the team will address CB, S, right tackle, OLB, and WR. Gilmore, Woods and possibly Zach Brown will command money and I’m not sure they can be retained.

It seems a large task for Whaley to fill positions with so many free agents. The Bills will have to spend money to retain players. Which positions will be filled during the draft or free agency. How aggressive will they be during free agency to find players that fit the new coaches’ scheme?

Josh P.

CB: I think as they have done in years past they’ll be fiscally prudent in signing free agents. They’ll stay away from the high-priced players that are in high demand and focus on the tier two type players that are more affordable and offer better value.

I put together a list of potential free agent fits last week.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills As much as I LOVE the top 10 talent in the draft, should we trade down to get more picks?

Love your insight, Thanks!

Charlee DeGeorge
@CharleeDegeorge

CB: Thanks for the kind words. I’d be in favor of trading back and collecting more picks. The Bills did a good job of that in 2013 when they traded back in round one and got Kiko Alonso out of the deal in round two. I think the likelihood of that happening will hinge on how the picks fall in front of Buffalo at 10, not only in terms of the prospects the Bills like who may or may not be there, but for other NFL teams with a prospect in mind looking to get up to 10.

 


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Report: Ravens DBs coach Leslie Frazier to be Bills DC

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2017 – 8:55 pm

According to a ESPN.com report, the Bills defensive coordinator will be Ravens defensive backs coach Leslie Frazier.

That according to ESPN Ravens beat reporter Jamison Helmsley.

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Frazier has spent eight years in the league as a defensive coordinator, including his first four under Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2002). It was there that he first worked with Sean McDermott who was fresh out of college and working in the Eagles scouting department before he worked as an assistant to coach Reid and then the Eagles coaching staff.

Frazier, 57, has also succeeded Mike Tomlin in Minnesota as defensive coordinator after Tomlin was hired as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He later became head coach of the Vikings (2011-2013).

The veteran coach would be a valuable resource to McDermott and one the new Bills head coach could count on to handle his defense, allowing him to focus on being a game day manager of the entire operation. Frazier could also be a sounding board for McDermott having been a head coach in the league before as well.

In a bit of an ironic twist, Frazier played in Chicago under defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan in his famed 46 defense.


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Peterson practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2010 – 12:44 pm

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier isn’t expecting his Pro Bowl running back to be doing much work in practice today after he sustained an ankle injury last Sunday.

When asked about Adrian Peterson’s chances for Sunday, Frazier said that he probably would not make a final call on Peterson playing until the weekend.

“There’s a very good chance that will be the case,” Frazier said. “I don’t expect him to do very much today (Wed.) if anything. We’ll just take it day to day, but it may very well go until Sunday.”

Peterson was replaced in last week’s game by rookie Toby Gerhart, who had 22 carries for 76 yards and a score.


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Frazier not talking Bills right now

Posted by Chris Brown on January 17, 2010 – 10:14 pm

After helping to orchestrate a marvelous defensive performance for the Vikings to help Minnesota stymie the Cowboys attack and send the Vikes to the NFC Championship game, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier wasn’t talking about the Bills coaching job.

“The only thing I’m really focused on right now is the NFC Championship game,” said Frazier when asked if he’s heard from the Bills. “In the meantime, enjoy this for a little bit then on Monday we got to get ready for that NFC Championship game.”

At this point the Bills cannot have any further contact with Frazier anyway until his team is ousted from playoff contention or his team advances to the Super Bowl, at which point the Bills would be able to speak to him via a second interview in the lag week between the Conference Championship game and the Super Bowl.

Frazier certainly helped his cause as Dallas managed just three points in the Divisional Playoff with Minnesota.


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Frazier mum on head coach gigs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2010 – 2:26 pm

He’s interviewed for seven head coaching posts in the last three years, and the sixth was just filled by Pete Carroll in Seattle. So you can understand why Leslie Frazier wasn’t about to talk about himself, the Rooney Rule or his credentials when he addressed the Minnesota media Thursday.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Frazier was asked if he thought the interview he got from the Seahawks was legit or if it was done to satisfy the Rooney Rule, as Carroll was hired a day after Frazier met with Seattle executives. He chose to focus on the Vikings game against the Cowboys this weekend.

He was also asked what he thought about being reported as the frontrunner for the Bills head coaching post. Here was his response.

“I don’t put much credence in anything I hear, brother,” said Frazier. “Believe me. I don’t care who says top candidate. This or that. It doesn’t mean anything to me.” 

After being passed over half a dozen times for coaching gigs who can blame him?


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Why Rivera may have declined

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2010 – 12:39 pm

If the report from the San Diego Union-Tribune is accurate that Ron Rivera in fact declined the opportunity to interview with the Bills for their vacant head coaching post, there are a couple of reasons why that might have happened that have nothing to do with the attractiveness of the job.

A colleague of mine astutely pointed out that Rivera and Leslie Frazier are close friends. They were teammates for three seasons on a Bears defense that was largely responsible for the 1985 Super Bowl XX title won by Chicago, and they were also assistants on the same Philadelphia Eagles staff for four seasons under Andy Reid (1999-2002).

It’s not unrealistic to  think that one coach pulls himself out of the running for a head coaching job to improve the chances of the other to get the job. I’m not saying that is the case here, but knowing the close relationship between the two it’s reasonable to believe they don’t want to directly compete against one another for the job.

The only other possibility is Rivera has interviewed more than half a dozen times for head coaching jobs and has not emerged as the top choice for any one of them. Interviewing again and not getting another job only increases the likelihood of being viewed by league executives as an also ran in terms of head coaching material, something no coach wants as a label.

Personally I think Rivera is head coaching material and will be a head coach one day in this league, but it doesn’t appear right now that it will happen for Rivera this offseason, partly from his own decision making, again if the San Diego Union-Tribune story is on the mark.


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Rivera declined?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2010 – 9:22 am

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was offered the opportunity to interview with the Bills for their vacant head coaching post. Rivera reportedly took a pass.

Rivera reportedly turned down opportunities to interview with both the Bills and the Seahawks for their open head coaching jobs. Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier initially turned down the opportunity to interview for the Seahawks job believing he was nothing more than an interviewee that would satisfy the league’s Rooney Rule that at least one minority candidate be interviewed during the hiring process.

Frazier ultimately changed his mind and did interview with Seattle over the weekend. 

It’s unclear if Rivera, who is of Hispanic descent, feels the same way about the Seattle job. It would be hard for him to take such a stance regarding the Bills job since the only two confirmed interviews for the Buffalo head coaching post have been minority candidates in Perry Fewell and Frazier.


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Frazier will interview for Seattle job

Posted by Chris Brown on January 8, 2010 – 6:46 pm

Vikings defensive coordinator has apparently had a change of heart as he will in fact interview for the Seahawks head coaching post.

Frazier will interview with the Seahawks on Saturday. That according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. So it appears the Bills do in fact have competition if they covet Frazier’s services as a head coach.

Frazier initially declined the interview request because with reports that the Seahawks top choice is USC coach Pete Carroll, Frazier thought the Seahawks only requested an interview with him to satisfy the Rooney Rule, which states at least one minority candidate must be interviewed when an NFL team is hiring a new head coach.

This is the seventh NFL team that Frazier is interviewing for in the last three years.


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Frazier turns down Seahawks

Posted by Chris Brown on January 8, 2010 – 2:53 pm

The Seattle Seahawks made an immediate request to the Vikings for permission to speak with their defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier just hours after firing Jim Mora, knowing Minnesota had a playoff bye this week. The answer they got surprised them.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Frazier declined to interview with the Seahawks.

Now the main reason why he declined could be due to the fact that the team has no general manager, so without knowing who is really in charge and what the management structure is for the Seahawks it looks like an unstable situation to become a part of. That’s not appealing particularly for a first time NFL head coach. Mortensen however, did say that Frazier did not want to be a Rooney rule interview, which apparently he thought he was with reports that Pete Carroll is the eary frontrunner for the job.

Of course there’s also speculation out there now that Frazier turning down Seattle means he’s a finalist for the Bills head coaching position where the team’s management structure is in place. Frazier interviewed for the Bills head coaching job on Thursday. Only time will tell.


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Report: Frazier to interview

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2010 – 3:16 pm

He was reported to be on the Bills list of candidates and now a date for an interview has followed for Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

According to the Associated Press, Frazier will interview with the Bills on Thursday for Buffalo’s vacant head coaching job.

Frazier has been the Vikings defensive coordinator the past three seasons. Minnesota head coach confirmed via e-mail that Frazier was interviewing Thursday.

The Vikings defensive coordinator has been through the head coaching interview process before. Frazier was reportedly the runner-up for the Denver head job last year that went to Josh McDaniels. He was also a finalist for the Rams job that went to Steve Spagnuolo and interviewed for the Detroit head coaching job that went to Jim Schwartz last offseason. He was also in the running for the Atlanta and Miami jobs in 2008 that went to Mike Smith and Tony Sparano.

Before his time in Minnesota he worked under Tony Dungy in Indianapolis as the secondary coach for two seasons earning a Super Bowl ring in 2006. He was also defensive coordinator in Cincinnati from 2003 to 2004. He began his NFL coaching career with Philadelphia where he coached defensive back from 1999-2002.

He was a head coach at the collegiate level as he was the inaugural coach at Trinity International where he built the program from the ground up to win a pair of conference titles.

A five-year starter for the Chicago Bears (1981-86), Frazier was a starting cornerback on the 1985 Super Bowl team coached by Mike Ditka.


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Report: Bills brass in Minneapolis

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2010 – 2:51 pm

According to a report by FoxSports Jay Glazer, Bills front office executives are in Minneapolis to interview a head coaching candidate.

Here is Glazer’s twitter post concerning the Bills pursuit of Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

Jay_Glazer: the bills are flying to minnesota to interview vikes DC L. Frazier for buff’s head coaching opening.

The report makes sense as Frazier and the Vikings do not have a playoff game until next week having earned a playoff bye. So this would be the week to interview Frazier.

It’s presumed the Bills received written permission to interview Frazier from the Vikings otherwise they would not have traveled in the first place assuming the report is accurate.


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