The Ravens have hired former Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier as their secondary coach, the team announced. Chris Hewitt, who coached the secondary last season, will remain on staff and will assist Frazier.
Frazier spent the last two seasons with the Buccaneers as their defensive coordinator, but became available when former Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith was fired. The Ravens also hired another assistant from Smith’s staff last season, Joe Cullen, who will coach the defensive line. Long-time Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks will remain on staff, but will focus on recovering from esophageal cancer.
The Ravens also promoted Scott Cohen, a consultant last season, to coaching assistant-opponent analyst.
The decision to add Frazier, a former NFL defensive back and long-time NFL coach, comes after a disappointing 5-11 season in which the Ravens’ secondary was victimized by big plays. They also struggled to forced turnovers with just 14 all season, including just six interceptions, an all-time franchise low. While Ravens coach John Harbaugh emphasized his trust in defensive coordinator Dean Pees after the season, Harbaugh also said the Ravens needed to find ways to force more turnovers.
Frazier brings a wide range of NFL coaching experience. As the Vikings head coach from 2010-13, he was 21-32-1, including a playoff season in 2012 when the Vikings were 10-6. He has been a defensive backs coach with the Eagles (1999-2002), and Colts (2006), and was a defensive coordinator with the Bengals (2003-04), Vikings (2007-10), and Buccaneers (2014-15).
Cullen has been a defensive line coach with the Lions, Jaguars, Browns, and Buccaneers, and got his career back on track after two arrests in 2006 while with the Lions. The first arrest was for DUI. The second was for driving naked through a Wendy’s drive-through. Cullen was fined, ordered to do community service, and to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and also served a one-game suspension from the NFL.