Black and Blue all over: Frazier, Lions disagreed

January, 20, 2009
1/20/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier made some oblique references Monday when asked about his experience interviewing for Detroit's head coaching job. You don't have to read too far between the lines to surmise that Frazier thought the Lions were much further away from competing than the Lions' front office does.

Here's what Frazier said to the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News while attending the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.:

"I can tell you this, we had a difference of opinion in how we saw the current Lions and going forward. That was probably the biggest thing in my interview. We had a different perception. I'd rather not get into [the specifics]. But we had different perceptions of where to go and the length of time to get there. We were really far apart in that."

I suppose reasonable people can debate the state of the Lions' roster. But from the outside, this is one of the top fears of elevating team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew. By human nature, they are looking to salvage whatever they can from the work they have already put into the team rather than simply starting anew. Time will tell if that is the most prudent tack.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • A key quote from Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy on his decision to hire a new defensive staff: "I felt that a number of things that occurred in Year 1 showed up again in Year 3." Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal has the full story. I'll be posting an extended entry later Tuesday on McCarthy's defensive turnaround.
  • Lost in McCarthy's decision to hire new defensive and special teams coordinators was the firing of Packers strength and conditioning coordinator Rock Gullickson. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, McCarthy didn't believe that players were making enough strides in their physical development.
  • Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times spoke Monday with Bears defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Bob Babich, who will no longer call the team's defensive signals. Said Babich: "The Bears have great fans, and it was a disappointing season for us. I understand if there is criticism toward me. As the defensive coordinator, anything that goes on with the defense starts with me. I was held accountable by myself. There isn't any criticism outside of what we do within the staff that affects me because there is no one who can be harder on me than I am on myself.''
  • Former Bears defensive backs coach Steve Wilks was formally hired in San Diego, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

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