Leslie Frazier and Jeff Tedford joining Lovie Smith in Tampa

Leslie FrazierLeslie Frazier will be joining Jeff Tedford as a coordinator on Lovie Smith’s coaching staff in Tampa.

The Buccaneers on Thursday announced that Smith would be the team’s new head coach after the sides agreed on a five-year contract. At the time, former Cal coach Jeff Tedford was announced as Smith’s offensive coordinator. Smith was hoping to bring in Rod Marinelli as defensive coordinator, the Tampa Bay Times reported, but the Cowboys reportedly would not let him out of his contract. Hence, Frazier will be the team’s new DC.

Frazier, who was recently fired as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he is headed to Tampa to serve as the Bucs’ new defensive coordinator.

Though Frazier struggled as head coach of the Vikings going 3-13, 10-6, and 5-10-1 in his three full seasons, he should do well in a coordinator role. So should Tedford, who completely turned around a terrible Cal program before being ousted after struggling in his last few years.

Smith took last season off after being fired by the Chicago Bears. He is held in extremely high regard by his former players, and he enjoyed a lot of success in Chicago, going 81-63 over nine seasons. He won his division three times and reached the Super Bowl once.

Chris Kluwe: Mike Priefer is a ‘bigot,’ Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman are ‘cowards’

Chris-Kluwe-Twitter-Rant-Saints-bounty-programsIt is no secret that former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe believes his outspoken stance against gay rights cost him a job in the NFL. Kluwe was one of the better punters in the league for several years, and he was unexpectedly replaced last year when the Vikings chose to draft a punter in the fifth round. Kluwe discussed all that and more in a lengthy piece he wrote for Deadspin.

The column, which is worth reading in its entirety, is mainly meant to expose Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer as a bigot who was ultimately responsible for Kluwe’s termination. After Kluwe had written some articles supporting same-sex marriage in Minnesota, he recalled a time when Priefer made a shockingly homophobic remark during a special teams meeting.

“We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows,” Kluwe claims Priefer said.

Kluwe said that his Vikings teammates, some of whom disagreed with his stance but were always respectful, agreed that what Priefer said was “messed up.”

After Kluwe wrote to a Maryland politician and chastised him for his stance on gay marriage last September, he said then-head coach Leslie Frazier called him into his office twice to ask him to keep quiet and stop calling attention to himself. Between the first and second meetings, Kluwe said Vikings owner Zigi Wylf told him he was proud of him for speaking out. Frazier supposedly agreed — reluctantly — that he had been overruled.

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Adrian Peterson, Greg Jennings support Leslie Frazier

Leslie FrazierLeslie Frazier’s job is in jeopardy with the Minnesota Vikings, but he has the support of two of the team’s top players.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Adrian Peterson went to bat for Frazier last week and plans to lobby again for the coach to keep his job.

“I’m definitely not an individual that’s looking for dramatic change,” Peterson said after being held to just 45 yards on 11 carries against the Bengals. “So, yeah. it would hurt if (Frazier) leaves.”

Peterson plans to talk to ownership after the season about Frazier keeping the job.

Jennings, who is in his first season with the Vikings, says Frazier has his full support.

“I’m in full support of Coach Frazier,” Jennings said. “He’s my head coach. … Whatever decisions are made down the road, that’s in the hands of the guys upstairs, the ownership. I’m in full support of Coach Frazier.”

Even though some players support Frazier, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be able to keep the job.

FOX’s Jay Glazer reported on Sunday that the Vikings’ improved performance in recent weeks helped Frazier’s case to keep the job, but he still believes Frazier won’t be back next year. Why should he be? At 4-10-1, the Vikings have been pretty terrible this season.

Leslie Frazier tells Greg Jennings to stop the Aaron Rodgers talk

Greg Jennings PackersMinnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier met with Greg Jennings on Saturday to tell the wide receiver to knock it off with the Aaron Rodgers junk.

Jennings has made a few negative comments about his former Green Bay teammate since signing with the NFC North rival Vikings in March. In one interview, Jennings chose Brett Favre over Rodgers and wouldn’t call Rodgers by name. Then, last week, Jennings criticized Rodgers by saying the MVP quarterback does not hold himself accountable.

When offered a chance to respond to the criticism, Rodgers said he was only concerned about his team, not former teammates. It sounds like Frazier would like Jennings to take the same approach.

“We’re the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what we’re trying to get done,” Frazier said of his meeting with Jennings, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “That’s where our focus has to be. There’s so much work to be done, and we don’t want to be looking at what’s happening with other teams, other teams’ players. We’ve got to focus on us. He’s good with that.”

Frazier also said he hopes this will be the last of the Jennings-Rodgers stories. I don’t blame him. Rodgers is already one of the top quarterbacks in the league and a guy the Vikings have to play at least twice a season. The last thing Frazier wants is Rodgers to have more motivation to stick it to them when the teams play, all on account of the new guy’s trash talk.