5. Brian Flores
Brian Flores has been in the news a lot this week and it’s not because of his interview with the Saints. Flores has sued the NFL and three teams alleging racism. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas believes the lawsuit is a game-changer and is what the league needs.
Even with the lawsuit ongoing, Flores wants to be a head coach in the league. He let the Saints know about the lawsuit before it was made public and is still very much in the mix to be a head coach somewhere.
Flores got his start in New England as a special teams assistant in 2008 and served as several different roles over the next decade. His job as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator is what landed him the Dolphins’ head coaching position in 2019.
Despite no playoff appearances, Flores turned a team that looked like a dumpster fire when he took over into a winner quickly. It was surprising when he was relieved of his duties this offseason and many felt he’d be a popular candidate but now he’s still waiting to find a job somewhere.
While Flores is a good coach and the Dolphins made a mistake in firing him, he might not be the best fit for New Orleans. He’s someone capable of turning a team around quickly but NOLA was a nine-win team last year. They’re good enough to compete but need the right coach who can get them to that next step, which is the playoffs.