On Thursday, the New York Giants interviewed former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores.
Flores, who coached the Dolphins for three seasons before getting fired by the team at the end of this season, is the sixth candidate to interview with the Giants’ front office, joining Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Lou Anarumo of Cincinnati, Dan Quinn of the Cowboys and the Giants’ Patrick Graham.
The 40-year-old Brooklyn native met with team president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch, senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara and Joe Schoen, who was formally introduced yesterday as the Giants’ new general manager.
Flores was 24-25 with the Dolphins. In his 2019 debut season, Miami lost its first seven games but finished 5-11, including a Week 17 victory against the Patriots that dropped New England to the third playoff seed and cost them a first-round bye. The following year, the Dolphins won nine of their last 12 games to finish 10-6 but did not qualify for the postseason. In 2021, Miami became the first team in NFL history to follow a seven-game losing streak with a seven-game winning streak. The Dolphins ended the season with a 9-8 record and out of the playoffs.
He began his coaching career as a special teams assistant for New England from 2008-09. In 2010, Flores served as an offensive assistant and worked with special teams. He spent his final eight seasons (2011-18) in New England coaching defense, first as a defensive assistant (2011), then as safeties coach (2012-2015), linebackers coach (2016-2017), and finally as the team’s defensive play-caller and linebackers coach in 2018.
During his 18 years in the NFL, Flores has contributed to victories in Super Bowls XXXIX, XLIX, LI, and LIII and seven AFC championships, all with New England.
Flores was a solid coach during his time with the Dolphins, and many were surprised he got fired. If he does not get hired by the Giants, Flores will definitely get an opportunity elsewhere.