Could Brian Flores be the Texans' next head coach?
With close ties to the Texans' GM, the former Dolphins coach is now the clear cut favorite to land the job in Houston.
The Texans are in the market for a new coach and it seems they may have found their man.
Brian Flores interviews with Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have a vacancy to fill and that is the head coach. According to reports on Friday it would seem that the Texans are close formalizing their decision after holding an interview with former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores. Indeed, Flores is now considered to be the favorite to land the job as head coach of Houston's team, with reports suggesting that a deal could in fact by finalized within the coming days.
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Culley fired for Flores' hire?
It was just a few days ago when the Texans fired head coach David Culley. Interestingly, his dismissal came almost immediately after Flores himself was let go. Flores for his part has a long history with Texans general manager Nick Caserio with whom he worked as a scout for the New England Patriots. Going back as far as 2004 when he first joined the Patriots as a scouting assistant, Flores and Caserio have developed close ties. With all of this in mind, it would seem that Caserio has made his move, meaning old friends reunite.
Flores' appeal and the Deshaun Watson problem
With Flores at the helm, the Dolphins won eight of their final nine games with the Dolphins. Indeed, this season Flores and the Dolphins were in the hunt for a playoff spot until they were derailed in the last two weeks of the season. and had the team alive for a potential playoff spot within the final two weeks the past two seasons. It is also understood that there are a number of managers within the franchise who are very much in favor of Flores.
There is also the question of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson who incidentally is known to be a fan of Flores. Watson has been under fire of late, which in turn has created a headache for the Texans. Having faced a number of allegations regarding sexual misconduct and sexual assault, Watson missed a large part of the 2021 season. Whether he can put that aside or not will be tested soon enough.
What are the feelings about Brian Flores?
While there will always be critics, it is clear that the Titans believe they have made the right decision. "I'm telling you, Nick is going to come out of this looking like a genius," said an NFL exec. "He and Flores go way back. That is a perfect fit. And, it's going to help him keep that quarterback. Just watch. He doesn't have to trade him, he can ask for the moon, and Flores could help rebuild the relationships in the meantime. It just makes too much sense."
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There are of course other options on the table, with Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo also being mentioned, however, considering the relationship with Caserio as well as the fact that Flores is known to have had an interview with the Bears as well, one can expect the Titans to move quickly to secure the services of their new head coach.