Flores' looking for 'tough, smart, dependable' Patriots defenders

Flores' looking for 'tough, smart, dependable' Patriots defenders

FOXBORO -- Brian Flores has never run a defense before, but he has an idea of what he'd like a Brian Flores-coached unit to look like.

"Well this is gonna sound like a Bill Belichick-coached team," he said on Friday afternoon. "Tough, smart, dependable, that can play under pressure. That's been a good formula. I'll go with that one."

Flores remains Patriots linebackers coach, a title he's held since the start of the 2016 season. But in 2018, he's expected to serve as Bill Belichick's defensive coordinator - just without the title.

"I’ve never been big on titles," Flores told reporters. "I’m here to work. I’m here to make this team win any way I can. I think I’ve always said that in some form or fashion. Again, if they want me to get water, I’ll get water. If that’s what the role we need to help us win, then that’s what I’ll do."

It's worth asking, though, how will Flores put his stamp on the Patriots defense?

When Matt Patricia took over the defense in 2011 (he didn't get the coordinator title until the next season), he helped transition the Patriots from a 3-4 team to more of a 4-3 team. Belichick and Patricia deployed multiple fronts over the years together, but there was a change in styles when Patricia took the reins. 

Will Flores prefer 4-3 looks and the personnel required to play that style? Or will he turn back the clock to pre-2011 and shift to more of a 3-4 approach? 

Much of what the Patriots will do will be based on their personnel. If they want to roll with Dont'a Hightower and Derek Rivers as outside linebackers with Danny Shelton on the nose...they could look like a 3-4 defense. If they roll with Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise on the ends, they could play Hightower off the line and Shelton along a four-man front in some 4-3 looks. 

Time will tell when it comes to how exactly the Patriots will mix up their fronts. Regardless of how things look, Flores says he's not all that focused on putting his own personal imprint on how the Patriots defense plays. 

"This is a team game, you know what I mean? It's hard for me to think that I would put my imprint on anything," he said Friday. "It's a team imprint. That's my feeling on that. It's hard to say, 'your personal ...' No, it's a team imprint. This defense will become what it becomes as a team. Not because of me or because of anyone. It'll be because of the guys in that room, building from right now, into the OTAs, into training camp, into the preseason games. Building and building and building. It'll be a team imprint, I'll say that."


Quick Slants The Podcast: Will Kraft take the plea deal? What's best way to get Brady WR help?

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Quick Slants The Podcast: Will Kraft take the plea deal? What's best way to get Brady WR help?

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the latest with the Patriots. Including whether they expect Robert Kraft to take the plea deal in Florida, and what wide receiver options they like. 

1:00 - Will Robert Kraft take the plea deal that he was offered?
8:00 - Biggest reasons Kraft would NOT take the plea deal.
10:00 - How would taking the plea deal impact the way the NFL disciplines Kraft?
13:00 - What do we think about the Patriots signings so far? Which players can make an impact?
20:00 - Should the Patriots look for receivers in the draft or in free agency?
22:00 - Curran goes over possible free agents the Patriots could target at receiver.
30:00 - Curran answers questions from Twitter.


Report: Deal offered by Florida prosecutors a 'non-starter' for Robert Kraft

Report: Deal offered by Florida prosecutors a 'non-starter' for Robert Kraft

Florida prosecutors reportedly offered to drop the charges against Robert Kraft, as long as the Patriots owner admits he would have been proven guilty at trial for soliciting prostitution. But the offer is a "non-starter" for Kraft, according to T.J. Quinn of ESPN.

Quinn says he expects "intense negotiations" between Kraft and prosecutors over the next week.

According to Quinn, Kraft's focus is on distancing himself from any trafficking allegations and keeping the surveillance video of himself at the Jupiter, Fla. spa sealed. No individuals involved in the case have been charged for trafficking thus far, and Kraft already has filed a motion to seal the video evidence.

During Tuesday's Early Edition, Dean of the Massachusetts School of Law Michael Coyne mentioned the video as a reason for why Kraft may still opt to take the deal offered to him by Florida prosecutors.

"The whole case turns on keeping that video out of public view, and that's why he may take the deal, because that's the safest bet to keep it out," Coyne said. "It is not foolproof, because Florida has an expansive law with respect to the public's right to know. But if he takes the deal, he's got a greater likelihood of suppressing it, and if they're able to keep that out of the public view, that's a win-win-win for Kraft and the Patriots."

Kraft's arraignment is scheduled for March 28.

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