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Old 01-11-2009, 12:26 AM   #1
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Ravens' Harbaugh to Broncos: Hire Frazier
Baltimore's first-year head coach touts the ability of his former Eagles colleague to lead a team.
By Mike Klis
The Denver Post



Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh congratulates fullback Le'Ron McClain (33) after the Ravens beat the Tennessee Titans 13-10 in a divisional playoff game Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. As the Broncos continue their search for a new head coach, they could do worse than find the next John Harbaugh.

A relatively obscure, longtime assistant when he was hired to replace Brian Billick as head coach a year ago, Harbaugh just transformed the 5-11 Baltimore Ravens team he inherited into an AFC championship game qualifier.

Any advice Harbaugh would give the Broncos, who 12 days ago fired Mike Shanahan, as they take their turn replacing a strong coach?

"Hire Leslie Frazier," Harbaugh said in the locker room after his Ravens defeated the Tennessee Titans 13-10 in a second-round AFC playoff game. "That's my advice."

Frazier, now the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator, is receiving serious consideration from the Broncos' five-man search committee, according to an NFL source.

So is New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who met with Broncos chief operating officer Joe Ellis for nearly six hours Thursday night in Massachusetts, according to another NFL source.

The Broncos' search committee met throughout the day Saturday, and the source said the committee was to take a step back today and re-evaluate the next step in the search.

Frazier, 49, and Harbaugh served on the same Philadelphia Eagles defensive staff under coordinator Jim Johnson from 1999-2002. Since then, Frazier has been a defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003-04 and the past two seasons for the Vikings.

Harbaugh never rose to NFL coordinator before he made the leap to become the Ravens' head coach.

He believes Frazier is more than ready to take the next step.

"He's a tremendous X's-and-O's coach," Harbaugh said. "Players will respect him. He's a great organizer, a motivator. He's just a real good man."

Also interviewed by the Broncos for the head coaching job last week were Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Denver offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and Miami Dolphins secondary coach/assistant head coach Todd Bowles.

The Broncos cannot interview Spagnuolo again until Monday if his Giants lose today in the NFC second-round playoff game against Philadelphia, or, should the Giants win today, after the NFC championship game.

During the interview process, the Broncos asked their candidates to come prepared with their projected coaching staff.

Trevor Pryce, the Ravens' and former Broncos defensive lineman, said the primary reason why Harbaugh excelled in his first season as head coach is he has two of the NFL's best coordinators in Cam Cameron (offense) and Rex Ryan (defense).

"Coaching is not a one-man job," Harbaugh said. "Coaching nowadays in the NFL is a 20-man job."

For McDaniels and Garrett, who both run offenses for teams that play a 3-4 defense, the challenge would be to come up with a defensive coordinator accustomed to running the 4-3 system that exists in Denver.

Frazier, Spagnuolo and Morris coach the 4-3 system with their current teams. Bowles' Dolphins play a 3-4 system.

McDaniels and Morris are both 32. That they drew the Broncos' interest indicates Bowlen is considering the tradeoff of employing a head coach who might be green in 2009 but has the upside to become one of the league's best for an extended period.

McDaniels first gained leaguewide attention in 2007, when his Patriots scored an NFL-record 589 points and won their first 18 games before losing in the Super Bowl. His stock soared this season after the Patriots' offense finished fifth in the league despite quarterback Tom Brady suffering a season-ending injury in the first game of the season.

Although nearly all the credit for the Pats' 11-5 season went to head coach Bill Belichick, McDaniels was given responsibility for the offense and bringing along quarterback Matt Cassel, who had not started essentially since high school.

"Bill does have his hands in everything, but at the same time, in my experience with him, he trusted Josh," former New England tight end Kyle Brady, who started nine games in 2007, said last week. "He trusted him to run the offense, to call all the plays, to handle all the personalities although Bill's such a strong personality that people who got out of line realized they weren't going to answer to Josh, they were going to have to answer to Belichick. But Josh had a whole lot of leeway and freedom to create."

Leaders for the big job?

The Broncos continue their search for a head coach with another round of interviews. A look at where it stands:

The Patriots' Josh McDaniels and Vikings' Leslie Frazier have emerged as two of the leading candidates to succeed Mike Shanahan. McDaniels and Frazier may not be the only leaders, just the two known.

Other candidates are Rick Dennison (Broncos), Steve Spagnuolo (Giants), Jason Garrett (Cowboys), Raheem Morris (Bucs) and Todd Bowles (Dolphins).

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Old 01-11-2009, 12:28 AM   #2
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John Harbaugh disagrees with you, montrose.

"Players will respect him. He's a great organizer, a motivator. He's just a real good man."
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:37 AM   #3
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During the interview process, the Broncos asked their candidates to come prepared with their projected coaching staff.
Good to hear that the team at least seems to have the right mindset of an HC is only as good as the assistants he wants to bring in.
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:56 AM   #4
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He's only saying that so they don't interview his DC, Ryan...
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He's only saying that so they don't interview his DC, Ryan...
Very very clever of you
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:21 AM   #6
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Im on board with Leslie, but the sound of it is weird for sure. Coach Lez....
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:15 AM   #7
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meh...can he bring Allen and the Williams twins with him? and what about that secondary? it's worse than ours 'cept for Winfield who might be as good as Bly! maybe.

At least he's got experience in the NFC East.

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NO Way. This is a friend helping out a friend--nothing more. Spagnuolo--We all NEED to be Eagles Fans today.
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Frazier is 4th on my list... which means jack shiat!

McDaniels, Spags, Morris, and then Frazier.

Who knows though, maybe Frazier brings in somebody from the Eagles to be his DC and keeps the offensive coaching staff in place. I would be okay with that. Trevor Pryce and Harbaugh said it best, coaching is a 20 man job. Harbaugh's success is greatly attributed to Cam Cameron and Rex Ryan. An OC that was such a hot commodity that he was a HC in 2007 and a DC that is a very hot commodity to be a HC in 2009. Not to discredit Harbaugh b/c the Redskins had the same thing a few years ago with Gibbs, Saunders, and Williams... so credit is certainly due.
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NO Way. This is a friend helping out a friend--nothing more. Spagnuolo--We all NEED to be Eagles Fans today.

then i hope the eagles get it done. We need spag... Forget the smoke screens
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Anyone else find it telling that every interview we've heard about with Spags teams have walked away "less than impressed" and now Harbaugh endorses Frazier over Spagnuolo in terms of ex eagles?
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But converesly, shouldn't Spags be concentrating on stopping Westbrook?
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harbaugh to jets: rex ryan doesnt know what hes doing, hire someone else.
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But converesly, shouldn't Spags be concentrating on stopping Westbrook?
Spags didn't take a single interview after he knew what opponent they would be facing. Until that point, what's he going to do? Game plan three different teams in a single week? Silly.
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I would go coach the Broncos , but I dont know how to do a power point Like Romonowski ........
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Many of us doubt that is your ONLY limitation Spidey.
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That's why you'll need assistants. Like me. (Nominal salary + modest benefits......)
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what ?
i know where the Best truck stops are ........ I understand time zones , I know the fastest routes to all of the stadiums , no more flying ......
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after carefully going over your resume you just posted here ....... I have decided .......
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Wouldn't it be funny (ironic, maybe) for the Giants win on a fluke play which leads to the hiring of Frazier who builds a dynamite D and wins the SB next year?

(Did someone spike the Virgin Marys this morning? Sounds like a Baja post.)
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For McDaniels and Garrett, who both run offenses for teams that play a 3-4 defense, the challenge would be to come up with a defensive coordinator accustomed to running the 4-3 system that exists in Denver.
Ok guys - here's where i'm lost and perhaps someone can put me on the right path.

With our D-coordinator gone (rightfully so), our HC gone, and pretty much the rest of the staff gone

Why does the 4-3 system still exist in Denver? Is it because of the personnel that we have? The players are designed more for 4-3 than 3-4?

Isn't it safe to say that if we wanted to switch to a 3-4 that we could do it when we fign FA's and draft new players in the coming season? I mean, we're not going to need 11 new starters in order to run a 3-4 right?

The corners - they can play 3-4 or no? Are there specific 3-4 corners?
The safeties - who cares, these mutts are gone anyhow - at least we hope.

So that leaves LB and DL - NONE of our d-line or LB's could play a 3-4? In my opinion they can't play any worse in a system they don't know than they did last year in a system they're supposed to be good at, right?

I'm not saying switch to a 3-4 ( I could care less as long as it's effective) - what i'm saying is why are we, or how can we be, labeled as a 4-3 defensive team?

That just narrows down our chances of picking up a good D coordinator in my opinion.

Personally, I think our defensive scheme should be wide open for competition just like 85% of the D players should be.
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John Harbaugh disagrees with you, montrose.

"Players will respect him. He's a great organizer, a motivator. He's just a real good man."
They're friends, I'd expect Harbaugh to endorse him. The fact that younger, less experienced guys he's worked with like Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin got jobs before him tells me a lot. As far as his being a motivator, I was going off comments from Dungy, Childress and Allen. Not to mention just watching Vikings games I rarely saw anything verbal from Frazier. Minnesota's defense often had the same problem we've had as a team for years - they looked flat.
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Frazier is 4th on my list... which means jack shiat!

McDaniels, Spags, Morris, and then Frazier.

Who knows though, maybe Frazier brings in somebody from the Eagles to be his DC and keeps the offensive coaching staff in place. I would be okay with that. Trevor Pryce and Harbaugh said it best, coaching is a 20 man job. Harbaugh's success is greatly attributed to Cam Cameron and Rex Ryan. An OC that was such a hot commodity that he was a HC in 2007 and a DC that is a very hot commodity to be a HC in 2009. Not to discredit Harbaugh b/c the Redskins had the same thing a few years ago with Gibbs, Saunders, and Williams... so credit is certainly due.
An Eagles Defense with our Offense would sit real pretty with me right about now
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Spags didn't take a single interview after he knew what opponent they would be facing. Until that point, what's he going to do? Game plan three different teams in a single week? Silly.
Actually, that's exactly what they do.
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Actually, that's exactly what they do.
Right. You might actually get through one and a half team's film.
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