Brian Flores is a man with options. Fired by the Miami Dolphins after disagreements with general manager Chris Grier and owner Stephen Ross emphasizing a lack of collaboration led to the surprise dismissal after an 8-1 finish to the season. Flores had a strong interview with the New York Giants on Thursday and is considered a head coach finalist along with Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. In addition, the New Orleans Saints have expressed interest as well following their request to interview the former Dolphins head coach.
Flores impressed the Giants in their search for a head coach
The Giants, including new general manager Joe Schoen, a former Dolphins executive, conducted plenty of due diligence on Flores and made calls to Dolphins staff and coaches to ask questions about Flores. The Giants came away impressed with his presentation and how he answered direct questions about his final season with Miami.
Flores went 24-25 in three seasons. He pushed for a trade for embattled Texans Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson at the NFL trade deadline. Yet, no trade worked out when Watson wasn’t able to settle all of his 22 civil lawsuits, and Flores wasn’t an advocate of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Mara and Schoen are both fans of the former Dolphins head coach
Giants owner John Mara, a Boston College graduate, likes Flores, per sources. Flores is a former Boston College linebacker who grew up in Brooklyn. And Schoen always had Flores on his list of candidates to interview. However, he faces tough competition from Daboll, regarded as the leader for this job and the Dolphins’ vacancy.
“I just wanted to let him know that before you make a decision, just know that we have interest in you,” Mara told New York reporters of reaching out to Flores personally.
Flores interviewed with the Texans and likely to speak with the Saints
Flores is left with a solid shot to land a job in this hiring cycle (he interviewed with the Houston Texans and remains a candidate for that vacancy), per sources.
He has also been requested for an interview by the New Orleans Saints for their head coaching position, a league source confirmed.
Flores is a winner, and he has a demanding leadership style. That doesn’t make him unique in NFL circles. Indeed, there’s a lot of upside with Flores. Furthermore, there’s sense around the league that his best coaching days are ahead of him.
The Giants will also interview Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Frazier is another former head coach, having gone 21-32-1 with the Minnesota Vikings.