For the teams that aren't in the National Football League playoffs, the coaching carousel is spinning at full speed, and one of our old friends has gotten himself a pretty prominent job again.
Leslie Frazier, who was the Vikings' head coach for three and a half seasons, and the team's defensive coordinator for three and a half seasons prior to that, has signed on to be the Defensive Coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. He had been serving as the secondary coach for the Baltimore Ravens.
Frazier stepped in as the interim head coach for the Vikings following the firing of Brad Childress, and guided the team to a 3-3 record in the craziness that was the end of the Vikings' 2010 season. The team removed the interim tag that offseason, and the team went 3-13 in 2011. The next season, Frazier's Vikings rode the legs of NFL MVP Adrian Peterson to a 10-6 record and a Wild Card berth in the postseason. Unfortunately, neither Peterson nor the Vikings could replicate that performance in 2013, and the team went 5-10-1. Frazier was fired after the season finale and replaced by Mike Zimmer.
Prior to becoming the Vikings' head coach, Frazier was considered an up-and-coming coaching prospect. Since his time in Minnesota ended, he served as the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Bucs under Lovie Smith in 2014 and 2015 before moving on to Baltimore this past season.
Despite his lack of success with the Vikings, Frazier has a reputation as one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to come across. Hopefully he can continue his climb back up the coaching mountain with newly-hired Head Coach Sean McDermott and the folks up in Buffalo.