Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Dolphins want to interview Bills Defense Coordinator for head coach position

The Miami Dolphins reportedly requested an interview from Buffalo Bills Defense Coordinator Leslie Fraser, bringing the total to six as of Wednesday evening.

Fraser is also an assistant manager at Buffalo, where he has been since 2017. He was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2011 to 2013, setting a record of 21-33-1, including the playoffs. He was the interim head coach of Minnesota until the conclusion of the 2010 season.

News of the dolphin interest was first reported by MMQB on Wednesday night, followed by ESPN and the NFL Network.

Fraser, 62, has also been the coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-15), Vikings (2007-10) and Cincinnati Bengals (2003-04). He was the defensive coach and assistant coach Tony Dunga for the 2006 Super Bowl-winning Indianapolis Colts.

As a player, he also won the 1985 Super Bowl with the Bears. The defender had 20 interceptions during his five-year playing career from 1981 to 1985.

Of the five others that the Dolphins asked to interview, there are three offensive coordinators and two defense coordinators. The two defense coaches also have previous experience as head coaches.

These names are Bills Assault Coordinator Brian Daboll, San Francisco 49ers Assault Coordinator Mike McDaniel, Dallas Cowboys Defense Coordinator Dan Quinn, Arizona Cardinals Defense Coordinator Vance Joseph, and Cowboys Assault Coordinator Kellen Moore.

Daboll and Joseph both have seasonal co-ordination experience with the Dolphins, Daboll directed the offensive in 2011, coached Tony Sparano last season in Miami, and Joseph directed the defense in 2016, his first year under Adam Gays and the last time Dolphins took the lead. playoffs.

Between Fraser and Joseph, the Dolphins would have complied with the requirement to interview at least two external minority candidates under the Rooney NFL rule. Named after Dan Rooney, the former owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the rule is designed to encourage diversity and inclusiveness in hiring practices.

The Dolphins have a chance following coach Brian Flores’ sacking Monday morning, despite finishing several winning seasons in a row, most recently the 9-8 campaign in 2021 after the start of season 1-7. Flores spent 24-25 at the Dolphins’ helm for three seasons, though it ranks 0-7 at the start in 2019 when he worked with a squad without talent and ended up winning five of his last nine that year.

There are six more NFL head coach vacancies this offseason, with the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders joining the Dolphins.

This story will be updated.

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