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Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Search: Is Brian Flores the Patriots Head Coach in waiting or will the Cardinals take a chance on him?

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When the Arizona Cardinals started their head coaching search on Monday, well when we found out they were starting their head coaching search, one name immediately intrigued me.

Brian Flores of the New England Patriots was the second Patriots coach who came on the radar for the Arizona Cardinals as an interview request.

It didn’t really make sense at the time, I wasn’t overly familiar with Flores outside of his current role in New England, linebackers coach.

So, when I started my dive into Flores, the information on him was astounding.

From Rich Hill of Pats Pulpit:

My next-top pick would be linebackers coach Brian Flores because of his extremely well-rounded history. He spent four seasons as a scout, three seasons with the special teams unit, one as an offensive assistant, and the past seven as the safeties and linebackers coach. He would really be able to understand how to construct a team and keep it competitive. The players love him and he’s the next in line to be the Patriots defensive coordinator if and when Patricia leaves.

Everything in that descriptions sounds exactly like what the Arizona Cardinals Steve Keim and Michael Bidwill stated they were looking for in a new head coach: A leader, track record of performance and finally someone who keeps the culture and accountability the organization wants moving forward.

That is Flores to a T.

Flores played college ball from 1999-2003 and graduated from Boston College and immediately after was picked up by the Patriots as a scouting assistant in 2004. After two years as a scouting assistant, he was elevated to Pro Scout in 2006, which is a pretty good move for a guy then 25 year old. After two years as a pro scout (2006-2007), Flores made the transition to the coaching staff, starting off working with special teams as an assistant (2008-2009).

Two years later he was an assistant offensive and special teams coach (2010), before getting moved to the defensive side, as a defensive assistant in 2011. Then, he got his chance as a positional coach for the New England Patriots.

From 2012-2015 Flores was the safeties coach for the New England Patriots before moving to the linebackers coach in 2016 to the current.

In other words, from his start in 2004 until now, Flores has literally had his hands in every department and level of the Patriots organization.

That is what makes him so enticing as a potential head coach. He’s seen and done it all.

From Zack Cox of NESN:

“He’s a guy who has been in here — he’s been in scouting, worked with some special teams, did the offensive side of the ball for a little bit, then did safeties and now doing linebackers,” Harmon said. “So I just think the idea of him learning it all is really helping him become a good football coach, and I’m excited for where he’s at right now.”

Not only has he had his hands in everything, he has been successful at each and every stop.

He is the Patriots DC in waiting for when Matt Patricia leaves for his first head coaching gig, but Rich Hill of Pats Pulpit has an even bigger idea of what Flores is waiting for:

Brian Flores would be my choice to succeed Bill Belichick as head coach of the Patriots in 2030. Name another candidate that spent multiple years as a scout, special teams, offensive, AND defensive coach. Flores would be a perfect partner for a GM. He has every base covered and controls the room with a calming effect. The players really respect his insight, too.

That is an astounding revelation in my mind, when you look at the staff of the New England Patriots as assembled now. Guys like Patricia and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are the hot names, but Hill thinks Flores is the guy to replace the greatest coach in modern football history.

That endorsement makes sense.

While not being a coordinator is a tough sell, when you have been a part of every department within a football organization, you pick things up.

That means your well rounded and understand the impact of each group and how you want that group managed.

That also means you know the type of people you want to fill out your staff.

With Flores, the Cardinals would get one of the brightest and most well rounded young minds in the NFL.

The 36 year old would be a great foil to the young guns of the NFC West in Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay, but it would take an incredible leap of faith for Steve Keim and Michael Bidwill to make that move.

Yet, they had him on their interview list for a reason.

What do you think? Is it too soon to pull the trigger on Flores, or is he the exact type of football guy the Cardinals are looking for to take them into the next 10-20 years of football?


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