Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores wants the NFL to clean up its act.
He’s making a monumental sacrifice not just for him but for other coaches of ethnic-minority descent to get better treatment.
The allegations he made against the Dolphins, Denver Broncos, and New York Giants may only be the tip of the iceberg of what’s happening in the league.
It will be an ordeal that will drag on for months, if not years.
Respect to Brian Flores pic.twitter.com/ilOLrwXBO1
— PFF (@PFF) February 1, 2022
While his class-action suit shed light on alleged unfavorable hiring practices, Flores may end up a perpetual fall guy for stepping forward.
There’s a good chance that he might not get another head coaching job in the big leagues again.
But for now, there’s a glimmer of hope that he could be back on the NFL sidelines soon.
Houston, We’ll Find A Head Coach
The Houston Texans unceremoniously fired David Culley after a 4-13 season marred by losing key players and having Deshaun Watson sidelined due to legal issues.
Hoping to turn things around, the team narrowed their head coaching hunt to three people.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and former NFL quarterback Josh McCown are still in the running.
Surprisingly, Flores is still a candidate despite suing the league.
If you aren’t drawing the through line between Colin Kaepernick and Brian Flores, you’re missing the entire point.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 2, 2022
There are two trains of thought regarding this opening.
On the one hand, it could be a potentially good opportunity for Flores if he gets the role.
After all, it’s still one of only 32 jobs on earth.
He will get an opportunity to build a team that will get free agency and draft capital back.
Brian Flores effectively had to end his chances at coaching in the NFL to point out what we already know about discrimination in the hiring process for Head Coaches in the NFL.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) February 1, 2022
However, the transformation is not a one-year project, and the Texans’ top brass must give him some slack.
Houston cannot let his situation unfold like Culley’s, as talented as he is.
However, there’s also an argument that the Texans opening will set up any head coach for failure.
They don’t have a competitive team, much less a starting quarterback.
Belichick: “Congrats on the Giants job!!!”
Brian Flores: “I ain’t even interviewed yet”
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) February 1, 2022
When the season goes south, he will be the scapegoat for the team’s failures.
A losing record will also hurt Flores’ reputation as a great coaching mind.
Flores Should Kiss The NFL Goodbye
Unfortunately, team owners hold much power in the league, and Flores may get blackballed because of the litigation.
Other owners might pressure Texans owner Cal McNair to hire either Gannon or McCown even if Flores has the best credentials among them.
After this consideration, Flores might no longer get a look because of the owners’ revenge.
Aside from his legal action against the NFL, younger coaches rise through the ranks and become hot hires for specific cycles.
But owners and general managers interested in winning – not the power struggle – must not forget what Flores achieved in Miami.
Brian Flores about to change the game 😬
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) February 1, 2022
He won ten games in 2020 despite the constant switching of quarterbacks due to Tua Tagovailoa‘s struggles.
A year later, he led a 1-7 team to the brink of the playoffs.
It doesn’t take a genius to declare that he achieved beyond expectations and with alleged adversity from team owner Stephen Ross.
That said, imagine what Flores could do with a better roster and intelligent ownership.