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Sunday, January 11, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Frazier a finalist in STL


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Things are starting to get interesting for Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who reportedly is a finalist for St. Louis' open head coaching job even though he has yet to interview formally.

Frazier is scheduled to meet with the Rams' ownership group Tuesday in St. Louis, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That means Frazier has bypassed the first round of interviews and has joined interim head coach Jim Haslett as one of two known finalists for the job.

The move makes sense, considering Rams general manager Billy Devaney interviewed Frazier last year when he was a member of the Atlanta's front-office staff. Frazier was reportedly the runner-up to Mike Smith for the Falcons job.

Considering that Devaney only recently took control of the Rams' front office, it's reasonable to assume Frazier is his top candidate. Haslett was promoted by owner Chip Rosenbloom during the season after the departure of coach Scott Linehan.

Frazier already has interviewed with Denver and Detroit and is believed to be well-regarded by both teams. The Broncos are said to be favoring New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, with Frazier running a close second.

If Frazier gets one of those jobs, the Vikings will be searching for their eighth new defensive coordinator in the past 11 seasons.

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