Report: Brian Flores won’t get title but will call defensive plays for Patriots

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The Patriots aren’t going to have a new defensive coordinator but will turn over play-calling duties to linebackers coach Brian Flores, Charles Robinson of Yahoo reports.

New England has not named anyone to take over from Matt Patricia after he left to become head coach of the Lions, but Flores was the favorite for the job.

Patricia took over play-calling duties for the Patriots in 2011 after Dean Pees left, but Bill Belichick did not give Patricia the title until 2012. It appears Flores will have to earn his wings, too.

Flores, 37, has risen up the ranks since he arrived in New England as a scouting assistant in 2004. He transitioned to the coaching side in 2008, and the Patriots promoted him to linebackers coach in 2016.

The Cardinals interviewed him for their head coaching job in January.

23 responses to “Report: Brian Flores won’t get title but will call defensive plays for Patriots

  1. In addition to Matt Patricia spending a year serving as the defacto DC without the title, Bill O’Brien also served as OC while still technically only holding the title of QB Coach. Not sure why Belichick does it this way, but hopefully the increased responsibility comes with a pay upgrade even if it lacks the official title.

  2. Just give him the job, he deserves it, he put in the time and worked his way up. Unlike Steve Belechik who works as an assistant for couple years and gets a safeties coach position without any practical experience in football at all. And it showed this year

  3. @alldonesmith, its not confusing, its because BB will effectively be DC but is training Flores up to eventually take it on. Pats train up and promote from within a lot. Flores was a scout, then assistant, then secondaries then LB coach, and prob DC next year or so.

  4. This is pretty standard of Belichick theyll call plays but Bill will supervise, he will always have a role overseeing them but wont give them full control until hes comfortable. When he first started Crennel and Weis were his OC/DC. When Weis left after 04, there was no OC in 05. McDaniels didnt get the title until 06. When McDaniels left after 08 there was no OC for 09 but Bill OBrien was given the title in 11. McDaniels was an exemption from this rule when he returned in 12. As the article states he did the same when Pees left and Patricia took over. They probably have to prove their worth as a playcaller before Bill trusts them to run it themselves so he focus elsewhere but until then he likely will supervise. This is standard, the only exemptions have been McDaniels in 12 (which isnt really an exception) and Mangini in 05, who WAS Bills original understudy, but no more.

  5. As a coordinator, there would be more focus on Flores if there is a problem with defense. Belichick would prefer him to concentrate on the play calling and let himself (Belichick) take the inevitable crap from the media.

  6. Also read that position coaches arent required to speak with the media, so this may be a way of Bill letting a first year DC just focus on defense before getting the title. Either way he will be running the D or he will be running it with Belichick overseeing him with a lot of assistance

  7. This is like when you get out of a terrible relationship and you just want to be single for a while.

  8. streetyson says:
    March 6, 2018 at 11:02 pm
    @alldonesmith, its not confusing, its because BB will effectively be DC but is training Flores up to eventually take it on. Pats train up and promote from within a lot. Flores was a scout, then assistant, then secondaries then LB coach, and prob DC next year or so.

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    Seems just as much like BB has iron-clad reins on all aspects of that team (which I wouldn’t blame him for given the track record), and the coaches under him are almost just tactical/logistical. Then, when these guys eventually leave to be HC at other teams, everyone questions whether they succeeded in NE by virtue of being in a system that Belichick built and ran, which is never going to be remotely replicable elsewhere.

  9. What PLAYS is he even going to call? The famous “Let them score” play? Or how about the “Let Clement go for 55 yards” play? Oh wait. How about the “make a hole so Blount runs for 36 yards” play?

  10. nothing new. belichick protected mcdaniels for a year by accepting responsibility for play calling while easing him into the job. and geez enough with the “pay him” idiocy.

  11. I hope for Flores’s sake that the Patriots manage to pick up some defensive personnel in the draft and free agency.

  12. After that hot mess of a coaching job Bill did in the Superbowl maybe leave the defense to Mcdaniels and Brady also!

    All kidding aside I’m pretty sure i read Bellichik was subject to the same thing when he coached and is sort of following a bit of old school tradition there with Flores

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