EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Brian Flores, a four-time Super Bowl winner as an assistant in New England and the Miami Dolphins' head coach the previous three seasons, today interviewed for the Giants' head coach position.
Flores, a 40-year-old Brooklyn native, met at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center 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. He also met with other members of the front office and toured the team's facility.
He 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. Daboll initially interviewed via teleconference and had a second in-person discussion at team headquarters Tuesday. The meetings with Frazier and Anarumo were done remotely. Frazier is scheduled for a face-to-face follow-up tomorrow. Quinn and Graham were interviewed in the Giants' facility.
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.
Despite two consecutive winning seasons, Flores was dismissed after the Dolphins again defeated New England in their final game.
Flores has coached all three phases of football – offense, defense and special teams – and began his professional career as a scout. 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 joined the Dolphins in 2019 after spending 15 seasons in a variety of roles with the Patriots. He joined the organization as a scouting assistant in 2004 and was promoted to pro scout two years later.
Flores 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.
A two-year starter at linebacker for Boston College, Flores was part of four bowl-winning teams. He was named to the Big East All-Academic Team in 2003. Flores graduated from BC with his bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in administrative studies.
Flores was a running back and linebacker at Poly Prep in Brooklyn.
Flores and his wife, Jennifer, were married in 2009. They have two sons, Miles and Maxwell, and a daughter, Liliana.
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