Houston Texans: Leslie Frazier shown support from Troy Vincent
One of the Houston Texans coaching candidates is Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, and now his latest show off support is from one of his former players, Troy Vincent.
Currently the Bills are only one of four teams left playing in the NFL as they will be facing the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game, while the Texans have been in offseason mode for quite some time.
That AFC Championship game features another Houston Texans coaching candidate, Eric Bieniemy, who is the offensive coordinator in Kansas City, so that will be an interesting matchup for Texans fans to watch. Both Frazier and Bieniemy have been interviewed by the Houston Texans for the vacant head coach position.
As for Frazier, Vincent, and the Texans coaching search, besides being the current Bills defensive coordinator, Frazier was once the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings for parts of four seasons. In Minnesota, Frazier had an overall record of 21-31-1, with the Vikings finishing 12-6 in 2012. He took over as the Minnesota head coach in 2010, starting in Week 12. In those final six games he led the Vikings to a 3-3 record.
In a tweet posted by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Vincent shows his support for Frazier by saying the following in his praise of the veteran NFL coach. Frazier was a defensive backs coach while Vincent played for the Philadelphia Eagles:
"“I was extremely conscious that I didn’t want to ever disappoint him. Tremendous knowledge of the game.”"
Those are some words of high praise for a player who was as talented as Vincent, who when he was a player in the NFL with Frazier as his defensive backs coach was one of the very best cornerbacks in the entire league.
The positive with a possible hire of Leslie Frazier as the next head coach of the Houston Texans is the fact he is a defensive-minded coach, and we all know the Houston Texans had one of the worst defenses in the entire NFL, especially the secondary.
Houston in 2020 had an NFL worst three interceptions, and one of those was by defensive end J.J. Watt. There is no doubt Frazier would make the defense of the Houston Texans better if he were the choice of general manager Nick Caserio, but it is just so tough to overlook Bieniemy for that same head coaching job.
With the Houston Texans as the last team remaining in the search for a new head coach— they were also the first team without a head coach — they still have talented coaches to interview and decide on to be the on-field leader of the franchise.
Frazier is talented, and the 61-year old has been a big part of the recent success of the Bills, and helping build up their defense into a feared unit. If players like Troy Vincent are speaking highly of him, and showing their support, it doesn’t hurt to take a longer look at Frazier.
Whomever becomes the next head coach of the Houston Texans will have much pressure to not only make the team better on the field, but they are going to have to make sure they can keep Deshaun Watson happy.
Maybe the “mild-mannered” Frazier is the coach to do all of that, but it is a very interesting time to say the least until the Texans finally announce a decision on who is the next head coach.