Who is Brian Flores?

Packers interested in Patriots' LB coach

Mike Clemens
January 01, 2019 - 8:09 pm

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Green Bay, WI - The Green Bay Packers have assembled a list of candidates to consider for their head coaching job. 

Last week they spoke to former NFL head coaches Chuck Pagano (Colts) and Jim Caldwell (Colts, Lions.) 

On Monday they placed a request to speak to Brian Flores.

Who is he?

Flores, age 37, is a Honduran-American born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He played linebacker at Boston College for four seasons until 2003. An injury prevented him from being considered as a player for the NFL. 

The following year Flores joined a staff of new assistants to head coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots that included Matt Patricia, now the head coach of the Detroit Lions. 

Flores first assignment with the Patriots was as a scouting assistant. In 2006 he became a pro scout, then was promoted to the coaching staff as a special teams assistant in 2008.

In 2010 Flores was named to assistant coach offense/special teams. He was then named a defensive assistant in 2011.

In 2012, he was moved to safeties coach. He was named linebackers coach ahead of the 2016 season.

In 2018, Flores took over the Patriots' defensive play calling duties when Patricia was offered the Lions head coaching position. Although Flores is often referred to as the Patriots defensive coordinator, the team website still has him only listed as "linebackers coach."

Flores reportedly interviewed for the Arizona Cardinals’ head coaching vacancy last offseason, but lost out to Steve Wilks, who was fired on Monday after just one season. 

Flores is in high demand right how. The Boston Globe has reported not only have the Packers expressed interest, so have the Cleveland Browns, the Denver Broncos, and the Miami Dolphins wish to interview Flores for their head coaching positions.  

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Packers have also placed requests to speak to several other NFL assistant coaches, including the Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, the Saints tight ends/asst. head coach Dan Campbell, and the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who formerly was the head coach of the Tennessee Titans from 2011 - 2013.

Before you dismiss a candidate like Munchak, keep in mind Belichick was fired as the Browns head coach, while Pete Carroll had a stint as the head coach of the Patriots, before taking over the USC football program, then returning to the NFL to lead the Seattle Seahawks to their first ever Super Bowl title. 

College coach candidates for Green Bay include Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, 44, who was hired by Packers CEO/President Mark Murphy in 2006 when Murphy was still the athletic director at the university. But Fitzgerald, who lead the Wildcats to a win in the Holiday Bowl Monday night, repeated his claim he plans to stay at Northwestern for now. 

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