Ex-Vikings coach Frazier joins ex-Bears coach Smith with Bucs

Ex-Vikings coach Frazier joins ex-Bears coach Smith with Bucs
January 5, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Last season, Lovie Smith and Leslie Frazier were head coaches in the NFC North. Now they're both hoping for better outcomes down South.

Frazier is joining Smith, who was hired as the new head coach of the Buccaneers, as the Bucs' defensive coordinator.

Frazier was fired from his head-coaching post with the Vikings on "Black Monday," the day after the NFL regular season ended. He'll now team up with a recent foe in Smith.

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Apart from their recent connection as NFC North head coaches, both Smith and Frazier have strong ties to the Bears. Smith, obviously, was the team's head coach from 2004 to 2012, while Frazier played for the Bears as a defensive back from 1981 to 1985.

This will be Frazier's third stint as a defensive coordinator in the NFL. He initially held that position with the Bengals in 2003 and 2004, then served in that capacity with the Vikings from 2007 to 2010 before taking over as head coach.

It was reported that Smith would bring former Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli with him to Tampa Bay, but Marinelli's current employer, the Cowboys, wouldn't let him out of his contract as the defensive line coach in Dallas.