New England Patriots

By Matt McCarthy,

Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores has garnered plenty of interest as a head coaching candidate this offseason, and he is reportedly a front-runner for one of the last remaining jobs.

According to Mike Jones, a reporter for USA Today, Flores has emerged as one of the two favorites for the Miami Dolphins opening. The Dolphins, Jones reported, are “leaning toward” Flores.

Flores also interviewed with the Broncos, Browns, and Packers last week, but all three teams have filled their vacancies.

Richard, the Cowboys defensive backs coaching and passing game coordinator, has generated buzz as a legitimate candidate for the Dolphins job as well. Alex Marvez, a host on SiriusXM NFL Radio, tweeted Wednesday that Richard was a strong possibility for the Miami opening.

The 37-year-old Flores has been with the Patriots since 2004, when he joined the organization as a scouting assistant.

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