Cardinals request interview with Brian Flores for head coaching vacancy

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The Browns interviewed Steelers linebackers coach and senior defensive assistant Brian Flores for their defensive coordinator vacancy this week and the Cardinals would like to speak with him about a different position.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Cardinals have requested permission to interview Flores for their head coaching job.

Flores went 24-25 over three seasons with the Dolphins before being fired in 2021. Flores had other head coaching interviews after being dismissed, but did not land any of the positions.

Flores filed a lawsuit against the NFL, the Dolphins and other teams alleging racial discrimination in hiring practices a short time after being fired and former Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks later signed onto the lawsuit by making the same allegation about the Cardinals firing him after one year on the job.

The Cardinals have been conducting interviews for their General Manager opening ahead of any head coach conversations. They have received permission to speak with Sean Payton and their defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is expected to interview for the job.

59 responses to “Cardinals request interview with Brian Flores for head coaching vacancy

  1. “Flores filed a lawsuit against the NFL, the Dolphins and other teams alleging racial discrimination in hiring practices a short time after being fired and former Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks later signed onto the lawsuit by making the same allegation about the Cardinals firing him after one year on the job.”

    So I’m not a billionaire or anything, but CLEARLY, shouldn’t they just stay away from Flores, all things considered?
    Bold strategy cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for them.

  2. .500 coach but Dolphins talent level wasn’t was it is now. I question his judgment of talent trading Minkah Fitzpatrick and drafting Tua over Herbert and then constantly changing QBs. Just odd. Plus I think he brings unwanted controversy with the lawsuit.

  3. Don’t be a pawn, Flores, take the Browns DC job and get the HC job after Stefanski fails in 2023. The easiest path to HC is an internal one.

  4. this IS the Rooney rule thing…..what owner would want a coach with a 24-25 record to lead his team….no matter what race he or she is…

  5. Why in the world would ANY TEAM bring this clown in for an interview? He has PROVEN that either you hire hire, and when he eventually gets fired he will sue the team., or even if you DON”T hire him he will still sue. Flores just needs to go back to where ever he came from. He has burned EVERY bridge in the NFL.

  6. You better hope he likes your qb and that players are ready to play more than one position.

  7. Flores traded Miami’s BEST player away because he didn’t know how to deal with players & Flores himself leaned towards Tua over Herbert in the draft again because he didn’t know how to evaluate talent plus he’s prone to throw a lawsuit at any potential owner if he’s ever fired again REGARDLESS of how bad his coaching was!

  8. Since signing his lucrative contract Kyler Murray has alienated everyone in the Arizona Cardinals organization/franchise from top to bottom and has proven to be absolutely insufferable. Good luck to any head coach who voluntarily walks into that mess.

  9. Flores is a tough coach. Maybe he can help Kyler achieve 9-8 seasons with some regularity until his contract expires, then the Cards can finally turn the page. I am half joking here.

  10. Coaches get fired all the time in the NFL, and I think his actions were disgraceful. How does a future employer convince themselves to trust him when he basically burned the house down on his way out the last time he was let go

  11. The Rudy rule is a joke. No business should be forced to hire people and waste time or money due to the color of their skin. That being said he is a A terrible head coach he cannot Manage egos and personalities. His record speaks for itself. He is a horrible head coach

  12. Flores can flat out coach. He deserves a legitimate shot with a team and ownership 100% behind him.

  13. I remember when Gase left the Dolphins and the Jets hired him, I couldn’t believe it and gave him a 1% chance of succeeding. As a Dolphins fan I would say Flores is worse than Gase, so good luck Cardinals.

  14. Brian Flores won’t get Kyler Murray’s blessing. Murray knows Flores won’t tolerate prima donna behavior.

  15. Brian Flores has NOT burned every bridge in the NFL. If you recall, he was hired by the Steelers who have not had a losing season since Mike Tomlin (gasp! Another black coach) took over. Yes, Brian was barely over .500 in three seasons as a HC but most new head coaches struggle out of the gate. Two that come to mind are Bill Belichick and Tony Dungy. Let’s also not forget Josh McDaniels who was practically run out of Denver as a rookie head coach but naturally got another shot. White coaches always get second chances. Not so much for the minority set.

  16. Cardinals just don’t have a clue, if they are seriously considering this guy. Lawsuits aside, he’s proven he’s not a very good head coach.

  17. fantasyfootballstud says:
    January 13, 2023 at 9:44 am
    Why in the world would ANY TEAM bring this clown in for an interview? He has PROVEN that either you hire hire, and when he eventually gets fired he will sue the team., or even if you DON”T hire him he will still sue. Flores just needs to go back to where ever he came from. He has burned EVERY bridge in the NFL.
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    If he had burned every bridge he wouldn’t be getting an interview. Likewise, he wouldn’t have been on the Steelers staff this year.

  18. Not sure that I agree with how Flores went about his lawsuit, but it was something that he felt he had to do. That said, in any other profession if an employee sues their company or industry, he/she would be lucky to still be in that industry. Just saying

  19. ilovefishinginsteadofnfl says:
    January 13, 2023 at 9:42 am
    this IS the Rooney rule thing…..what owner would want a coach with a 24-25 record to lead his team….no matter what race he or she is…
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    You do realize Kliff Kingsbury has a losing record when the Cardinals hired him. Stupid is as stupid does!

  20. This is definitely not to just satisfy the Rooney Rule, the Cardinals announced Wednesday evening that they will also be interviewing Vance Joseph next week for the head coaching vacancy.

  21. Flores + Murray. You might get the very best possible out of Murray. More likely, Murray becomes disgruntled and its a disaster.

  22. Flores went 5-11, 10-6, and 9-8 with a pretty middling roster in Miami…

    And the Brain Trust here thinks he can’t coach….

  23. Arizona is in the toilet for at least 3 years with their present Quarterback. Kyler Murray is an anchor that prevents Arizona from every getting a winning season. Players on that team know it and many will leave when their contracts are up. Furthermore, Arizona will not attract free agents and will be forced to overpay for the few that do sign up with the Cardinals.

  24. Nothing but posturing. The NFL made darn sure he was employed and may even make him a HC again to stop the exposure of at least two franchise’s dealings. And it’s good PR. Plus they will interview Joseph. Then they’ll hire who either the Cards want, or who Goodell wants.

  25. this IS the Rooney rule thing…..what owner would want a coach with a 24-25 record to lead his team….no matter what race he or she is…
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    An organization that hired a college coach with Mahomes as quarterback and still had a losing record?

  26. This isn’t “checking off a box.” They’re interviewing Joseph, who is a far more viable candidate. That “checks off the box.” This is more a case of “we have no idea what we’re doing.”

  27. Surprised they can get Kyler away from Call of Duty to do all these interviews. Though Flores is known for destroying QB talent.

  28. The bottom line is skin color should not be a factor for any job interview REGARDLESS of who it’s for – the qualifications of the respective applicant should be the ONLY deciding factor & to do otherwise just to satisfy some “requirement” is ridiculous!

  29. Well, the Cards defense would be good. Kyler Murray would become Tua and the offense would degrade to HS JV levels. Have fun watching Murray move on…

  30. gregc79 says:
    January 13, 2023 at 9:37 am
    .500 coach but Dolphins talent level wasn’t was it is now. I question his judgment of talent trading Minkah Fitzpatrick and drafting Tua over Herbert and then constantly changing QBs. Just odd. Plus I think he brings unwanted controversy with the lawsuit.
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    …..unwanted by whom?
    yea, thought so.

  31. Belichick admits that he learned a lot during his so-so stint as a head coach in Cleveland and that it has made him a better coach in New England. Flores should get the chance to show that he also learned from his Miami experience and his time with Tomlin. Afterall, Flores had a great second half in the season which he got fired.

  32. That is classic. It would be typical of what they may do. Big mistake though. If they do not hire him, he will most certainly say it was because of race. They would be better off not even interviewing him. The man is full of himself, a bad head coach and a liar.

  33. ilovefishinginsteadofnfl says:
    this IS the Rooney rule thing…..what owner would want a coach with a 24-25 record to lead his team….no matter what race he or she is…
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    Bill Belichik’s record with the Browns before the Patriots hired him:
    36-44-0

  34. Someone like Brian Flores is exactly what Kyler Murray needs…a coach who won’t let him get away with not putting in the time and the work.

  35. buzzw says:
    January 13, 2023 at 11:11 am
    Worst possible hire, not a team player.
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    Why do you say that—cause he didn’t want to tank or break tampering rules? Sounds like a stand up guy to me.

  36. I think the “homework clause” in Kyler Murray’s contract was just a way to deflect heat from Keim/Kingsbury. Keim made the playoffs 3 times in 10 seasons. He has a 5 year drought and somehow remained employed. He drafted some legendary busts and got in trouble off the field meanwhile Kingsbury was below 500 in the big 12, and most known for Coaching Mahomes to the point of not making him NFL ready from Day 1. He couldn’t not get another college head coaching job and ran the NFL most simplic offense. He didn’t even more players around to create match-up. It’s not Murray’s ability that should be questioned. He has been amongst the league leaders in accuracy, throwing the deep ball and as a runner. If the knee injury doesn’t linger this could be a match made in heaven.

  37. O Vey they’re talking to everybody on Earth. Good Luck Cards.

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    4 coaching interviews… Guess thats everybody on Earth!

  38. Brian Flores’ feel for the game on the defensive side of the ball is as good as any coach in the NFL. As a coordinator, he’s on a short list as one of the best. The issue with Brian Flores “the head coach” is his inability to attract top level talent for his staff. It appears from rumblings coming from the South Florida media is that his abrasive personality may have had something to do with it. I still hope he gets another chance. His players may not have been fond of him, but they respected him and played hard for him.

  39. Flores really wants out of there. I guess he realized you can’t always make lemonade out of lemons, especially if the lemons are old and rotten.

  40. gregc79 says:
    January 13, 2023 at 9:37 am
    .500 coach but Dolphins talent level wasn’t was it is now. I question his judgment of talent trading Minkah Fitzpatrick and drafting Tua over Herbert and then constantly changing QBs. Just odd. Plus I think he brings unwanted controversy with the lawsuit.

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    ”A Steelers team known for its build-through-the-draft approach went off script and swung one of the more significant deals in franchise history, acquiring Fitzpatrick for a package of picks that included a 2020 first-rounder.” – San Diego Union-Tribune. Fitzpatrick wanted out and the Dolphins got a bunch of picks for him. Good move, right? Grier, the Dolphins GM at the time, chose Tua over Herbert. The Cardinals and Browns seem to have genuine interest in making Flores a coach.

  41. Flores really wants out of there. I guess he realized you can’t always make lemonade out of lemons, especially if the lemons are old and rotten.

    He may or may not want out but I can assure he wants nothing to do with the ravens.

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