Frazier ready to lead the defense into 2017 season

Read more from the Bills' defensive coordinator, who joined Howard and Jeremy from training camp

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August 15, 2017 - 12:05 pm

Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is Buffalo's fourth defensive coordinator over the past five seasons. Frazier joins head coach Sean McDermott and his staff after spending last season as the Baltimore Ravens' secondary coach. This is also the fourth time in his coaching career that he will serve an a defensive coordinator, and his first time since 2015 when with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After many coaching and roster changes for the Bills this off-season and heading into preseason, Frazier believes his defense is on the right track as training camp wraps up from St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

“We’re right on course and right where we need to be at this point in training camp,” Frazier said with Howard Simon and Jeremy While live from training camp Tuesday morning. “We laid a good foundation looking back at what we did in off-season which was good for our ongoing preparation.”

From when camp started on July 27, Frazier believes that not only has the communication between his players has improved, but also within the coaching staff.

“The guys are beginning to understand the language now and how we want to do certain things,” said Frazier. “You see improvements along the way to let you know that guys are getting it and you’re making the progress you need to make.”

With the Bills getting into more more game-like situations with preseason games and other activities during practice, the coaches have been better able to see who fits in certain positions, who plays well together and who might need some extra work.

One thing that Frazier has done this offseason has been keeping a constant eye on his players, spending a lot of time watching film and evaluating to get a feel for their talent level before they even step foot into the Bills facilities.

“You have to identify what the players’ strengths and weaknesses are,” said Frazier. “Then you need to get to know them as a person, how they learn and how quickly they can take things you introduce in the classroom to the grass. It takes time but it’s up to you to put them in a place to be successful.”

After almost four weeks of training camp at St. John Fisher College, Frazier has liked that the players now seem to have a better understanding of expectations from their coaches.

“We want to be an aggressive, attacking, swarming defense where our identity is taking the football away,” said Frazier. “When guys are clear on what you’re asking of them, they can play faster. You want to be concise and clear with their responsibilities, technique wise and fundamentally.”

After the Bills traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles this past week, there is an open spot on the right side of the field that players are fighting for. Among those fighting for that spot will be newly acquired cornerback, E.J. Gaines.

“Hopefully we are secured with Tre’Davious White at the left side, but it’s an open competition on the right side,” said Frazier. “We have three preseason games to get a feel for who will be the guy to open the season for us.”

White is most likely to start the season at the left cornerback slot for the Bills. What makes the 20017 first round pick so special as a rookie is his maturity at his position and his ability to deal with adversity and pick his head up after a play.

“Maturity at his position is a big deal,” said Frazier. “He’s shown that he understands how to deal with adversity and that’s a unique quality for a young guy.”

You can listen to Frazier’s full interview with Howard and Jeremy below:

08-15 Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier with Howard and Jeremy live from Bills training camp.mp3

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