John Mara says Bill Belichick had no way of knowing Giants weren’t hiring Brian Flores

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One of the key pieces of evidence in Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the NFL and its teams is a series of text messages he received from Bill Belichick, initially telling him he would get the Giants’ head coaching job, and then apologizing and telling him that it was actually Brian Daboll who was getting the job.

Daboll did get the job, suggesting that the Giants’ interview with Flores was a sham to abide by the Rooney Rule. But Giants owner John Mara insists that Belichick had no basis for telling Flores that Daboll was going to get the job.

“I haven’t spoken or communicated with Bill since we played them in the preseason last summer,” Mara said, via the New York Daily News, “and to my knowledge, nobody in our organization communicated with him.”

Still, the texts don’t lie: Belichick told Flores before the interview that Daboll was getting the job. How did Belichick know that?

“I have no idea. You have to ask him that,” Mara said.

Belichick hasn’t explained, and Mara says he hasn’t asked him to. So it remains a mystery where Belichick got the correct impression that the Giants were going to hire Daboll.

19 responses to “John Mara says Bill Belichick had no way of knowing Giants weren’t hiring Brian Flores

  1. Well there is one way Belichick could have known and this is if Daboll told him the Giants assured me I am getting the job but need to go through the steps and interview Flores

  2. My guess is that after Joe Judge was fired he kept in touch with people in the Giants organazation, found out that “Brian”(Daboll not Flores) was going to be hired and Judge told Belichick that they were hiring Brian but didn’t say “Daboll”.
    Belichick then contacted “Brian” to congratulate him. That is pure speculation on my part but once the truth is known I will be watching to see if I am right.

  3. plausible deniability but mara is lying if he says he doesn’t know by now how belichick knew. hope the league pounds them both..

  4. Someone in the Giants org told him. So what?

    It’s not like Bill has any say whatsoever into any decisions the Giants make.

  5. My guess is it’s Joe Judge who knew enough people in the building after being let go.

  6. Mara’s professed confusion is duly noted.

    I doubt it helps him much in the trial though.

  7. touchback6 says:
    March 28, 2022 at 9:16 am
    My guess is it’s Joe Judge who knew enough people in the building after being let go.

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    Could be. Like the GIants are going to ask Bill who to hire. LOL

  8. GoodellMustGo says:
    March 28, 2022 at 8:47 am
    Someone in the Giants org told him. So what?

    It’s not like Bill has any say whatsoever into any decisions the Giants make.
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    So the email was sent BEFORE Flores was even interviewed so it showed that the process was a sham.

    It doesn’t matter WHO was told, what matters is that the decision had already been made before the interview.

  9. Problem is the Giants had already met the Rooney Rule requirement prior to Flores’ second interview. They didn’t have to interview him a second time to fulfill it, it was already done.

  10. Mara sez Belichick wasn’t told, yet he knew. Am I supposed to believe that AT THIS LATE DATE Mara hasn’t learned from Belichick, how he knew?

    Lots of plausible deniability. See you in court.

  11. Hah! Bill knows more about the Giants than Mara does. Bill knows more about most teams than their own coaches and owners.

  12. thefirstsmilergrogan says:
    March 28, 2022 at 8:21 am
    plausible deniability but mara is lying if he says he doesn’t know by now how belichick knew. hope the league pounds them both..

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    I get mara or the giants possibly being trouble here, but what did Belichick do?

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