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Leslie Frazier’s Bills defense led NFL in fewest yards and points allowed

The Chicago Bears have asked the Buffalo Bills for permission to speak to defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier about their head coaching vacancy now that underwhelming Matt Nagy was fired on Black Monday.

This, of course, makes a whole lot of sense because Frazier – who happens to be a former Bears player who was on the Super Bowl 20 championship team – just wrapped up a regular season during which you could easily make the case that his unit was the most impressive in the NFL in 2021.

Sure, the Cowboys offense scored 530 points and the Buccaneers put up 511, but nothing those teams did could match the numbers the Bills’ defense recorded during this year.

“I’m super proud of those guys, but let me just make sure I’m clear here; Leslie Frazier runs the defense and I want to give credit where credit is due,” said coach Sean McDermott. “This is not Sean McDermott’s defense, this is Leslie’s defense, and those defensive coaches and players have done a phenomenal job.”

FILE - Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, on Oct. 3, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Frazier is credited for providing the Bills a calm and reassuring voice even at the the most troubling times. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Admittedly, the Jets offense is deplorably bad. Still, for the Bills to limit New York to four first downs and 53 total yards was simply staggering. It was a new franchise record for fewest first downs and the second-lowest yardage yield (26 vs. Cleveland in 2004). It was literally men against boys when Frazier’s guys were on the field.

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