Where Brian Flores stands in Texans, Saints coaching searches after filing lawsuit

Brian Flores made headlines this week with the information that he’s suing the NFL and its groups for discriminatory hiring practices.

That stated, Flores continues to be hopeful that he can land one of many two teaching jobs for which he’s nonetheless within the operating.

Flores is among the many finalists for the Texans head coach place and he had his first interview with the Saints this week as nicely. He made certain to let each groups find out about his impending lawsuit so they would not be blindsided by it and they also would know he nonetheless desires to educate in 2022.

“Earlier than we filed the class-action, I despatched messages to each groups letting them know that we might be submitting,” Flores stated, per Rod Walker of NOLA.com. “But in addition letting them know that I’m very all for teaching and main both of these groups.”

Is that, alongside together with his spectacular teaching resume, sufficient to persuade a crew to rent Flores? It could possibly be tough, nevertheless it’s not less than doable.

Here is a breakdown of the Texans and Saints teaching searches and who, together with Flores, contains every crew’s prime candidates.

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The place Brian Flores stands in Texans teaching search

Flores is among the many finalists for the Texans’ teaching job. Houston has interviewed — or requested second interviews with — 4 candidates. They’re Flores, Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, former NFL quarterback Josh McCown and Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell.

That stated, solely three candidates appear to be real looking choices for Houston, as O’Connell reportedly will land the Vikings’ job. So it’ll doubtless come all the way down to Gannon, McCown and Flores.

Of the bunch, Flores is well probably the most certified. He has three seasons of head teaching expertise beneath his belt and has posted successful seasons in every of the final two years. He additionally helped Miami’s protection go from worst within the NFL in 2019 to No. 1 in takeaways and top-10 in scoring in 2020 and noticed the unit carry out nicely through the second half of the 2021 NFL season.

Gannon is an up-and-coming defensive coordinator, however the 39-year-old has only one yr of coordinator expertise beneath his belt. Granted, Flores had by no means held a full-time defensive coordinator function earlier than the Dolphins employed him, however he was closely concerned in operating the Patriots’ protection throughout his last years with the crew. And at this level, he has much more expertise than Gannon.

In the meantime, McCown has no teaching expertise, however he spent the 2020 season on the Texans’ apply squad and mentored among the quarterbacks. Nonetheless, that hardly makes him certified to be a first-time NFL head coach.

So, will the Texans nonetheless contemplate hiring Flores? NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport reviews that Houston was “extraordinarily ” in Flores and that they might nonetheless pursue him in the event that they consider him to be a significant improve.

“Houston Texans are a crew that was extraordinarily all for him,” Rapoport stated. “You [can] say ‘how would they rent him?’ The reply could be . . . they do what’s greatest for them, and fear about every part else after that. One factor I find out about Nick Caserio is he’ll do what’s greatest for his soccer crew and probably not care in regards to the ramifications or repercussions. So, probably that could possibly be in play.”

Nonetheless, there’s one large problem that will must be resolved. Flores referenced the Texans’ firing of David Culley after one season in his lawsuit. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see if that impacts how Houston’s entrance workplace or possession group views Flores’ candidacy.

CBS Sports activities’ Josina Anderson is reporting that it’s going to not, and that Flores stays a finalist for the job regardless of his lawsuit.

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The place Brian Flores stands in Saints teaching search

The Saints will doubtless be the ultimate NFL crew to pick out a head coach throughout this cycle. Why? As a result of Sean Payton took a while to mull his future earlier than electing to retire from the NFL, so the Saints acquired a late bounce on their teaching search.

Thus far, New Orleans has interviewed former Eagles coach Doug Pederson, Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and Flores. The crew can also be planning to interview its personal coordinators Dennis Allen (protection) and Darren Rizzi (particular groups) for the job and requested interviews from Byron Leftwich (Bucs) and Brian Daboll (who was employed to educate the Giants).

The Saints have a various group of choices and Pederson, Allen and Flores all have earlier head teaching expertise. If the Saints need a confirmed possibility, Flores may match the invoice.

Per Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Soccer, the Saints met with Flores on the Senior Bowl in Cellular, Ala.

That is simply their first assembly with Flores, however they’ve but to request any second interviews thus far.

So, Flores stands an opportunity of getting this job. Nonetheless, provided that Allen would offer continuity since he has been with the crew since 2015, the New Orleans entrance workplace may favor him for that function.

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Will Brian Flores get a training job in 2022?

The reply to that query continues to be up within the air, as Rapoport defined.

“Flores may get a job,” Rapoport stated on NFL Community. “It actually appears unlikely.”

Rapoport added that Flores is a “nice candidate” and “ought to get [a job].” Nonetheless, given his lawsuit, it could be laborious for him to land one of many two jobs remaining for him.

Maybe both the Texans or the Saints may shock, however with the Texans concerned in Flores’ dispute and the Saints having a possible in-house substitute for Payton, it does not appear doubtless.



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