The Houston Texans should the leap and hire former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores despite him filing a class-action lawsuit.
Amid an excellent championship weekend, Tom Brady retired, but all paled in comparison to the controversy that struck the NFL world — talk about a busy week. The controversy in question shines a spotlight on an ongoing issue of systemic prejudice that exists in the NFL.
To put things in perspective, nearly 20-years since establishing the Rooney Rule, the NFL currently has one African American coach. In addition, the league has three minority head coaches.
Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a class-action lawsuit against three NFL franchises. Among those teams are the New York Giants, Denver Broncos, and his former team, the Miami Dolphins. An investigation will undoubtedly take place.
With all that said, the NFL shouldn’t blackball Brian Flores. He should have a job heading into the 2022 NFL season. More specifically, the team that should hire him is the Houston Texans.
3. Brian Flores brings galvanizing leadership
Hiring Flores makes up for the bad press surrounding the team that fired an African-American coach. David Culley was a scapegoat for a bad franchise. Culley was hired as the Texans bridge coach when it appeared no one else wanted the job. Who can blame them?
The team traded away DeAndre Hopkins, and allegations surrounded Deshaun Watson. Still, Culley squeezed four wins out of a team that many predicted would win a lot less.
Flores can get the best out of a team regardless of the roster given to him. During his first season with the Miami Dolphins, Chris Grier stripped his roster bare. Laremy Tunsil was traded, leaving a voice at left tackle. Ryan Tannehill got the boot and signed with the Titans. Josh Rosen was the quarterback on a team that was a laughingstock at best.
Despite the circumstances, Flores squeezed five wins from a team wildly criticized for tanking. Texans fans can expect his players to fight for him the way they did in Miami.
During this lawsuit, Flores received massive support from current NFL players. The support is indicative of his leadership skills, something the Texans desperately need. Devin McCourty took to Twitter to praise his former coach.
"“Flo has always been a special individual…has been pivotal in my career and love that I can support him for calling out what we all already know.”"
Nate Solder was another player who supported Flores via Twitter.
"“B Flo has always been a man of conviction and character. I am proud of him for risking so much and standing for truth and justice at great risk and cost to himself and his family. I got your back, coach.”"
Flores has the IT factor whose galvanizing support from his constituents and players. What we’re seeing is indicative of how much Flores means around the league. He’d attract free agents who’ll want to play for him, making the Texans a destination location.