When you’re in the sports talk radio industry, especially for the flagship of the local NFL team, searching for a new head coach can be a very contradictory thing. On the one hand, they are great for content, for clicks, for reviews, essentially all the things that pay my salary. On the other hand, if your NFL team is constantly looking for a new head coach, there’s a good chance they’re bored of football.
The Houston Texans are a little bored of football right now, and they have for the last two years, and now they are on their second search for a head coach within the last 13 months after last week’s firing of David Culley after just one season. The replacement names began flying just moments after Culley’s resignation was reported, and to that end, the Texans have not wasted time interviewing top candidates:
We ended an interview with Brian Flores for our head coaching position today.
– Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 15, 2022
So we are embarking on the Great Texans Coaching Search in 2022. For what it’s worth, Flores brings with it an interesting set of stories. He is represented by the same agency that represents Deshaun Watson, and it is widely believed that Flores was the driving force behind Watson loving the dolphins so much as a trading destination.
Could Flores be a selling point to lure Watson back into the fold with the Texans? Will the Texans want Watson back at all after his reputation has gotten such an epic hit? Would they rather have a host of draft picks for the quarterback? I think if Watson ends up merging with Flores, it would be in New York with the Giants, and if the Texans end up trading Watson, the Giants are an ideal trading partner, as they currently have the fifth and seventh parent chooses in the 2022 draft as trading assets.
Here are the odds on who will wear the headset as the Texans’ next head coach, politely by BetOnline.ag. The interesting thing here is that the first nine on the board all have some tangential bond with Texans GM Nick Caserio, who will make the final decision on this appointment:
BRIAN FLORES 11/4
CURRENT / LAST JOB: Former head coach of the Miami Dolphins
CASERIO SLIPS: Flores probably has the close ties to Caserio by anyone on this list, other than Josh McDaniels. Flores was with Caserio in New England, in various scouting and coaching capacities, from 2004 to 2019. Most prominent was Flores Pats’ defensive coordinator his last few seasons in New England.
JEROD MAYO 15/4
CURRENT / LAST JOB: New England Patriots linebackers coach
CASERIO SLIPS: Mayo was drafted as the 10th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Patriots, made two Pro Bowls as a linebacker over an eight-year career and is now considered one of the rising stars in the coaching industry.
LOVIE SMITH 7/1
CURRENT / LAST JOB: Houston Texans defensive coordinator
CASERIO SLIPS: Smith has been the defensive coordinator for the Texans for the past year and did a great job of getting the most out of a beautiful silly unit from a talent standpoint. The Texans actually finished in 12th place in the revenue margin, a year after being one of the worst defenses in the league’s history to generate revenue.
BYRON LEFTWICH 15/2
CURRENT / LAST JOB: Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator
CASERIO SLIPS: Back with has spent the last two seasons training Tom Brady, so I’m sure Caserio can get all the information he needs about Leftwich, from his former Patriot colleague, Brady.
LESLIE FRAZIER 8/1
CURRENT / LAST JOB: Buffalo bills defensive coordinator
CASERIO SLIPS: Frazier was second to the Texans’ head coach job a year ago when it ultimately went to David Culley.
PEP HAMILTON 8/1
CURRENT / LAST JOB: Houston Texans quarterbacks coach
CASERIO SLIPS: Hamilton has been the quarterbacks coach for Texas for the past twelve months and has played a key role in the development of rookie QB Davis Mills.
BRIAN DABOLL 17/2
CURRENT / LAST JOB: Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator
CASERIO SLIPS: Daboll was an assistant in New England for two stints, nine years in total, while Caserio was with the Patriots
JOSH McDANIELS 9/1
CURRENT / LAST JOB: New England Patriots offensive coordinator
CASERIO SLIPS: The ultimate “tight with Caserio” candidate, McDaniels was a college teammate with Caserio at John Carroll, and has been a longtime New England assistant and coordinator, with a stop in Denver as head coach for two seasons in 2009 and 2010.
KEVIN O’CONNELL 9/1
CURRENT / LAST JOB: Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator
CASERIO SLIPS: O’Connell was drafted by the Patriots in the 3rd round in 2008, but has spent most of his coaching career with head coaches on trees other than the Belichick / Patriot tree. Still, Caserio is familiar with O’Connell.
OTHERS worth noting:
Nathaniel Hackett (Green Bay Packers OC) 9/1
David Shaw (Stanford HC) 12/1
Eric BIeniemy (Kansas City Chiefs OC) 12/1
Lane Kiffin (Ole Miss HC) 18/1
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