Vikings coordinator joins the Rams' list
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Tuesday, Jan. 06 2009

Those close to Leslie Frazier say he's ready to be a head coach and is very
interested in talking to the Rams about their vacancy. He's expected to
interview with St. Louis at some point over the next several days.

So it could be a busy week for Frazier, 49, the assistant head coach-defensive
coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. He's already scheduled for interviews
with Denver and Detroit at the end of the week.

In 10 years as an NFL assistant coach, Frazier has been on only one losing
team, the 1999 Philadelphia Eagles. In stints with Philadelphia (1999-2002),
Cincinnati (2003-04), Indianapolis (2005-06) and Minnesota (2007-08), Frazier
has been part of teams with a combined record of 107-65.

He earned a Super Bowl championship ring as an assistant coach with
Indianapolis during the 2006 season after earning one as a player 21 years
earlier with the Chicago Bears. Frazier was a starting cornerback for the
Bears, leading the team in interceptions in 1983, '84, and '85 before his
career was cut short by a knee injury suffered in the Super Bowl.

With Minnesota, Frazier's defenses have been an interesting hybrid of the
"Tampa Two" zone scheme popularized by Tony Dungy and the aggressive blitzing
schemes of veteran Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.

Frazier's personality is said to be Dungy-like. Although soft-spoken, Frazier
is said to have great rapport with players, while also being big on discipline
and accountability.

Frazier is one of seven known candidates for the Rams job who have either been
interviewed or have interviews planned. The others: Green Bay's Winston Moss,
Dallas' Ray Sherman, Miami's Todd Bowles, Baltimore's Rex Ryan, former New York
Giants head coach Jim Fassel and Jim Haslett.

The Post-Dispatch confirmed Monday that Fassel will interview with the Rams on
Thursday in St. Louis. Fassel was considered for the Rams' job in 2006 but was
not a finalist.

Sherman, reached by phone Monday in Dallas, said it was a career goal of his to
be a head coach in the NFL and that he was looking forward to the Rams
interview.

"I just think it'll be an excellent opportunity," Sherman said. "It's a team
that has some exciting players and has a chance to turn it around."

Sherman, of course, saw the Rams at their best this season. His Cowboys were on
the receiving end of a 34-14 loss to St. Louis on Oct. 19.

In Baltimore, all indications are that any Rams interview with Ryan will take
place after the Ravens' divisional playoff game Saturday in Tennessee.

"We'll see how that shakes out," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters in
Baltimore on Monday. "We're right now in a short week. I know this: Rex's
complete focus is on getting ready for the Titans. If some of that stuff
happens at some point in time, it'll be secondary to getting ready for the
Titans, and that's how he wants it."