The Miami Dolphins have reportedly asked to interview Buffalo Bill’s defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, bringing their total to six from Wednesday night.
Frazier also serves as assistant head coach at Buffalo, where he has been since 2017. He was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2011 to 2013, compiling a record of 21-33-1, including playoffs. He was the interim head coach of Minnesota to end the 2010 season.
News of the Dolphins’ interest was first reported by MMQB on Wednesday night and then by ESPN and the NFL Network.
Frazier, 62, has also coordinated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-15), Vikings (2007-10) and Cincinnati Bengals (2003-04). He was the defensive back coach and assistant head coach of Tony Dungy at the 2006 Super Bowl-winning Indianapolis Colts.
As a player, he also won a Super Bowl with the 1985 Bears. The defensive back had 20 interceptions in his five-year playing career from 1981-85.
Of the other five the dolphins have asked to be interviewed, there are three offensive coordinators and two defensive coordinators. The two defensive coaches also have previous head coach experience.
These names: Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
Daboll and Joseph both have a season of coordinating experience with the Dolphins, Daboll ran the offense in 2011, coach Tony Sparano’s last season in Miami, and Joseph ran the defense in 2016, the first year under Adam Gase and the last time the Dolphins managed the game. the playoffs.
Between Frazier and Joseph, the Dolphins would meet the requirement to interview at least two external minority candidates during the NFL’s Rooney Rule. Named after Dan Rooney, the former owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the rule is designed to increase diversity and inclusion in hiring practices.
The Dolphins have an opening after parting ways with former coach Brian Flores on Monday morning, despite his completion of back-to-back winning seasons, most recently a 9-8 2021 campaign after starting the year 1-7. Flores went 24-25 in three seasons at the helm with the Dolphins, though that counts for an 0-7 start in 2019, working on a list drained of talent and ending up winning five of his last nine that year.
There are six other NFL head coaches available this offseason with the Dolphins along with the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders.
This story will be updated.