After the Miami Dolphins‘ surprise decision to fire head coach Brian Flores on Monday, Bill Belichick‘s former assistant with the New England Patriots is in need of proving his worth in the NFL and it appears that opportunity won’t be long in coming.
According to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Chicago Bears contacted Flores for a job interview related to their head coaching vacancy that also opened up on Monday.
Chicago job vacancy after Matt Nagy’s departure
The Bears fired head coach Matt Nagy on the NFL’s infamous Black Monday that also saw the departure of Mike Zimmer from the same position with the Minnesota Vikings.
In addition to the Dolphins, Bears and Vikings, the other vacant head coaching positions so far around the NFL are the Jacksonville Jaguars, Las Vegas Raiders (both with interims at the helm), Denver Broncos (who had already fired Vic Fangio on Sunday) and New York Giants (who got rid of Joe Judge’s services on Tuesday).
Flores began the season with a 1-7 record with the Dolphins, however, he managed to turn it around by winning seven consecutive games and after being eliminated from the playoffs after being defeated in Week 17 by the Tennessee Titans, they finished the campaign with a winning record after a shutout of the New England Patriots.
Flores lasted three seasons at the helm of the Dolphins in which he accumulated a 24-25 record, did not qualify for the playoffs, however, after starting with a 5-11 record in 2019, improved to 10-6 in 2020 and culminated with 9-8 in 2021.
Other candidates for the Bears
In addition to interviewing Flores, the Bears have scheduled talks with Doug Pederson, Brian Daboll, Todd Bowles, Byron Leftwich, Matt Eberflus, Nathaniel Hackett and Dan Quinn, according to multiple reports from various sources.
Chicago finished the season with a 6-11 record, the first losing record of Nagy’s career, who after a great debut in 2018 (12-4), had an even 8-8 record in 2019 and 2020.