The New Orleans Saints are determined to get their hands on an impactful leader to fill their newly vacant head coaching position.
With Sean Payton recently revealing that he was completely burned out and as a result, stepping down as their head man, the Saints began scrambling for his replacement. In an effort to resume their continuity, New Orleans has turned their attention towards defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. In addition to Allen, the Saints have recently requested permission to speak to Byron Leftwich, offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now, as reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Saints have their eyes on another impressive name, Brian Flores. The former head coach of the Miami Dolphins is now firmly on the Saints radar. Although Schefter reveals that the New Orleans franchise would love to sit down with Flores and discuss things further, the well-respected former coach is a finalist for the New York Giants head coaching position as well. Furthermore, the Giants are expected to make a final decision this weekend, which could take Flores off the board.
Following three seasons in Miami, Flores was surprisingly let go this offseason, despite putting together back-to-back seasons of winning records. To start the year, Flores and his Miami bunch appeared on their way to an abysmal season. Although they managed to win a close game over the New England Patriots in Week 1, Miami spiraled downward, resulting in a seven-game losing streak. Amongst that streak were disastrous losses at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, 35-0, the Buccaneers, 45-17, and the Bills once more, 26-11.
With their postseason chances slim to none at that point, Flores turned the Dolphins into one of the best teams in the entire NFL in the second half of the year. During the final nine games of the season, the Dolphins held a record of 8-1 and just missed out on nabbing one of the final Wild Card spots.
For now, it appears as though Flores is thought of highly in the Giants origination as well. If, however, the head coaching gig isn’t given to him in New York, New Orleans could seek to speak with him immediately.