Bumpus: How hire of Leslie Frazier helps Seahawks’ Mike Macdonald

Feb 6, 2024, 11:49 AM | Updated: Feb 9, 2024, 9:24 pm

Seattle Seahawks Leslie Frazier...

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier of the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 31, 2021. (Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

(Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

At 36 years old, new Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Macdonald is the youngest head coach in the NFL. He’s now paired with a veteran coach in Leslie Frazier, who joins Macdonald in Seattle as the team’s new assistant head coach.

Macdonald adds veteran Leslie Frazier as Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach

Macdonald and Frazier, who is 64 years old, coached together in Baltimore in 2016 when the veteran coach was a secondary coach.

So what does the hire of Frazier mean for Macdonald and the Seahawks? Former NFL receiver Michael Bumpus broke it down during Seattle Sports’ Bump and Stacy on Monday.

“Leslie is an OG in the game, man,” Bumpus said.

Frazier has been coaching in the NFL since 1999, with his most recent job being defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills in 2022. He has a ton of high-level coaching experience, too.

“He’s been a head coach before. He was head coach of Minnesota, he’s been a defensive coordinator with Minnesota, Tampa and the Bills,” Bumpus said. “He’s been in the role that he’s in right now, assistant head coach … He did that for Brad Childress over there with the Minnesota Vikings … (Did that with the) Indianapolis Colts in 2006, he was over there with (Tony) Dungy, and then from 2020-22, same thing with (Sean) McDermott (with the Bills). He’s done this before. He’s watched, he’s followed the older head in Tony Dungy, he’s helped the younger guy in McDermott who was 41 when he got his job, and then the middle-aged (guy) with Brad Childress.”

Huard: Seattle Seahawks who will benefit from Macdonald’s blitz schemes

Frazier’s background is on defense, and during his five years running Buffalo’s defense, that unit was among the league’s best.

“You talk about Leslie Frazier’s defense, the Bills’ defense, they’ve been top-five overall four times when it comes to total yards (under Frazier),” Bumpus said. ” … They were top-five in points allowed three times … I just throw out his resume to say Mike Macdonald is gonna be well supported. (Frazier has) been around the block, he understands what success looks like, what failure looks like, and he’ll be able to mentor this young man.”

Macdonald told reporters last week that he will call Seattle’s defense until he feels there’s a right fit to take those duties over. Bumpus thinks Frazier could ultimately be that guy.

“Is Leslie Frazier at a place in his career where he says, ‘Look, I’m not (going to be a) head coach … I’m gonna hold it down here and be the defensive coordinator, support this young talent,'” Bumpus said. “He could be at a point in his life where that just feels right to him.”

Listen to the full second hour of Monday’s Bump and Stacy at this link or in the player near the top of this story.

Senior Bowl’s Jim Nagy shares what to know about NFL Draft, a Seattle Seahawks fit

Bump & Stacy Show

Bump and Stacy

Seattle Seahawks Jamal Adams...

Brandon Gustafson

What will Seahawks do with Jamal Adams and Tyler Lockett?

PFF salary expert Brad Spielberger joined Bump & Stacy to discuss what the Seattle Seahawks should do with two of their highest-paid players.

13 hours ago


Seattle Sports Video

Video: Should the Seattle Seahawks explore trading DB Riq Woolen

Should the Seattle Seahawks explore trading DB Riq Woolen? If DB is going to become a desirable position in the NFL, should the Seahawks capitalize on moving a piece like Riq? Michael Bumpus and Stacy Rost explore that hypothetical question and whether or not this franchise should even consider it. What does he need to […]

14 hours ago

Seattle Seahawks Patrick Queen Kyle Van Noy...

Brandon Gustafson

Bumpus: The aggressive but logical move for Seahawks to make

Michael Bumpus makes the case for the Seattle Seahawks spending big on free-agent linebacker Patrick Queen this offseason.

2 days ago


Seattle Sports Video

Video: Seattle Seahawks Offensive Coordinator Ryan Grubb talks about what he plans to bring to this team

What does new Seattle Seahawks Offensive Coordinator Ryan Grubb want to bring to this Seattle Seahawks organization? What was the process like for him getting hired with the Seahawks? What will his Offensive approach look like? He joined Michael Bumpus and Stacy Rost to talk about that and much more in this in person interview […]

3 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Ryan Grubb Jaxon Smith-Njigba...

Brent Stecker

New OC Ryan Grubb sees Seahawks’ WR trio similar to UW stars

New offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb, coming off two years with the UW Huskies, sees a "familiarity" in what the Seattle Seahawks have at wide receiver.

3 days ago

UW Huskies Michael Penix Jr. Rome Odunze...

Brandon Gustafson

What NFL Draft expert Zierlein thinks of UW Huskies’ Penix, Odunze

NFL Draft insider Lance Zierlein dove into two star UW Huskies players – Michael Penix Jr. and Rome Odunze – and their pro ability with Seattle Sports' Bump and Stacy.

5 days ago

Bumpus: How hire of Leslie Frazier helps Seahawks’ Mike Macdonald