MINNEAPOLIS -- Jason Garrett and Leslie Frazier have several things in common.
They played in the NFL. They have Super Bowl rings. They were the hot coordinators at one point, interviewing for several head coaching jobs.
Last year they found themselves as interim head coaches when the Cowboys decided to fire Wade Phillips and Minnesota decided to fire Brad Childress.
They have another thing in common, too: they were able to turn those interim jobs into permanent ones.
Garrett went 5-3 as the interim coach for the Cowboys. Frazier went 3-3 with the Vikings, dealing with some craziness late in the season that was not all Brett Favre related. Minnesota played a home game in Detroit after the Metrodome roof collapsed, played a game at the University of Minnesota and then a Tuesday night game at Philadelphia.
According to this Star Tribune story, Frazier’s composure won over the team.
“He’s as steady as they come,” linebacker Chad Greenway said in the story. “And we trust in what he’s saying.”