Perhaps Brian Flores could have gone to Deshawn Watson and not the other way around.
On Thursday, when the Houston Texans fired freshman coach David Calley, a new coaching vacancy opened up days after the Miami Dolphins parted ways with Flores after three seasons.
This is the team that the Dolphins were heavily involved in negotiating to trade Watson, the elite but struggling quarterback, throughout the past offseason and up until last season’s November 2 trade deadline. Watson did not play in the 2021 season as he faced 22 allegations of sexual harassment, including two allegations of sexual assault, amid his trade request from the Texans.
The Texans are expected to pursue Flores as their top candidate. Sports Talk 790 in Houston. The report noted Flores’ strong relationship with Texans general manager Nick Caserio, who has been associated with Flores throughout their history with the New England Patriots.
However, slow down if you go too far in speculation about an alliance between Flores and Watson in Houston. Watson still wants an exchange. His problem, dating back to a trade request now dated back to a full calendar year, has always been the property of the Texans, not Callie. according to MMQB.
That Houston Chronicle added, “Watson will NOT take another shot for the Texans.”
Flores isn’t the only New England-linked coach Caserio is expected to target. Patriots linebacker coach Jarod Mayo is expected to be a leading candidate. according to ESPN.
If Flores ends up in Houston, he could get his first chance with his former team next fall. Texans come to Miami for a game against the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. So far, Flores is known to have an interview with the Chicago Bears, who will host the Dolphins for next year’s game. Schedule dates have not yet been announced.
It is unknown if the Dolphins will continue to use Watson’s trade opportunities with the arrival of a new coach. In a comment from owner Steve Ross on Monday, he said any quarterback decisions will depend on what the franchise’s next coach wants to do.
Flores consistently dodged questions about pursuing Miami Watson, while second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa led the offense last season, often repeating the “Tua is our quarterback” statement.
The last time Dolphins general manager Chris Grier spoke the day after the trade deadline, he described the Dolphins’ interest: “If there’s an available player in the league who is considered one of the best players in the league at any position, you look at that and try and act.”
Eight of the 32 NFL teams have head coach vacancies. With Flores and Callie currently out, only one black head coach remains, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Other minority coaches are Ron Rivera of the Washington Football Team (Hispanic) and Robert Saleh of the New York Jets (Arab American).