Brian Flores on moving up to Patriots DC: We’ll see how that goes

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Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is continuing to play the waiting game when it comes to the Lions head coaching job, which means that he isn’t talking about what he’ll do in Detroit or who will be replacing him in New England.

Many believe that the next defensive coordinator will be current linebackers coach Brian Flores, who interviewed for the Cardinals head coaching job this offseason before Arizona hired Steve Wilks. Patricia did call Flores “an unbelievable coach” and “very driven” when asked about him on Monday night.

Flores played his part as well, saying “we’ll see how that goes” when asked about the possibility of getting a promotion and adding that he hopes Patricia stays in New England. Flores also talked about how much effort he’s put into becoming a better coach.

“You work so hard for so long,” Flores said, via NBC Sports Boston. “This is my 14th year here. I’ve put in a lot of hours. A lot of time. Worked on my craft. A lot of people would say they are infinitely a great coach; I wasn’t. I had to work at this. I’ve gotten better year after year after year. That’s kind of been the hallmark of me as a coach and what kind of coach I want to be. I’ll continue to do that and we’ll see where it all ends up.”

Flores’ long run on the Patriots staff under Patricia and Bill Belichick is a big reason why safety Duron Harmon said “the culture is built” when saying he doesn’t have any trepidation about losing their coordinator this offseason.

10 responses to “Brian Flores on moving up to Patriots DC: We’ll see how that goes

  1. Patricia should take flores with him to be the lions DC. Patriot can’t block him from getting a promotion from another team. Just depends if he wants to stay or go build his own D with the Lions.
    Patricia and Flores would be on the same page from day 1.

  2. badmude says:
    January 30, 2018 at 4:11 pm
    Patricia should take flores with him to be the lions DC. Patriot can’t block him from getting a promotion from another team. Just depends if he wants to stay or go build his own D with the Lions.
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    Correct me if I’m not understanding you but if he was going to be the DC in NE then going to Detroit to be the DC wouldn’t be a promotion, instead he’d be leaving BB for a lateral position.

  3. @badmude

    Mangini was the last Pats coach to recruit other Pats coaches while he was still employed by the Pats. BB, as far as we know, no longer speaks to Mangini for more reasons than Spygate.

    I do not think Patricia or McDaniels will pursue Pats assistants without Belichick’s approval.

  4. factschecker says:

    January 30, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    badmude says:
    January 30, 2018 at 4:11 pm
    Patricia should take flores with him to be the lions DC. Patriot can’t block him from getting a promotion from another team. Just depends if he wants to stay or go build his own D with the Lions.
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    Correct me if I’m not understanding you but if he was going to be the DC in NE then going to Detroit to be the DC wouldn’t be a promotion, instead he’d be leaving BB for a lateral position.
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    Correct me if I’m not understanding you, but as far as I know Flores hasn’t been officially offered or announced or accepted the position as the new Patriots DC, So yes either one is a promotion and not yet a lateral move.

  5. “but as far as I know Flores hasn’t been officially offered or announced or accepted the position as the new Patriots DC, So yes either one is a promotion and not yet a lateral move.”
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    Well, Patricia hasn’t officially been offered the Lions job, either, but that didn’t stop you.

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