Should the Houston Texans hire Brian Flores as coach?

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The Miami Dolphins decided to go in a different direction at coach as they have dismissed Brian Flores.

The former New England Patriots de facto defensive coordinator posted a 24-25 record in his three seasons with the Dolphins. Flores went 4-2 against the Patriots and may have had a hand in the dismantling of the Pats’ playoff success as they have never attained a first-round bye since.

With Flores on the market and his obvious connections to the Patriots and Texans general manager Nick Caserio, and with David Culley leading the Houston Texans to a 4-13 record in his first year, it is only logical to explore Flores’ candidacy.

Pros of hiring Flores

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Flores knows how to beat the good teams in the division. There was no fear of the Patriot as the Dolphins were able to go 4-2. Flores also had the Dolphins playing competitively and finished with a winning record in his final two seasons, including a 10-6 mark in 2020 with a rookie quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa.

Flores would have a quarterback in place to build around and not have to sort through it like he did from 2019-20 with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen, and Tagovailoa. Davis Mills can solve that problem quickly for him.

Flores would also bring the “culture” aspect that Caserio is looking for, which is why he placed Rex Burkhead, Danny Amendola, Brandin Cooks, Marcus Cannon, and Terrence Brooks on the roster.

Cons of hiring Flores

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It is almost as if the Dolphins have to fall down into the top-5 pick conversation before they get going. In Flores’ first season, Miami went 0-7 before it turned it around for a 5-11 finish in 2019. This past season, the Dolphins were 1-7 until they hit a seven-game winning streak to put themselves in the playoff race. Yet they choked it away in Week 17 with a 34-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Winning games that matter also seems to be an issue. Last season, albeit Miami finished 10-6, a winning record for the first time since 2016, the Dolphins went 2-2 in their last four games, missing the playoffs.

Verdict

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The Texans and Dolphins are almost in the same position. Two years ago, the Texans were ahead of the Dolphins in that they could at least get to the divisional round of the playoffs. Adding Flores would get them right to the cusp, not into the tournament. Houston would be better off with Culley for one more year.

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