Gillette Stadium will have a few visitors Friday.
Both the Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers will be in Foxboro on Friday to interview New England Patriots linebackers coach/de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores for their head coach openings, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport confirmed Friday morning.
#Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores interviews with the the Miami #Dolphins for their vacant HC job today in Foxboro, source said. Following that, Flores interviews with the #Packers for their opening and he has two more Saturday.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 4, 2019
According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, the Dolphins' interaction with Flores actually started Thursday night as they search for Adam Gase's replacement.
Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores will be first up on Dolphins coach interviews. Expected to start with dinner this evening and full-court interview tomorrow.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) January 3, 2019
As for Flores' two Saturday interviews, one was with the Denver Broncos, who met with the 37-year-old in the morning, according to 9News' Mike Klis. That interview in Providence has wrapped up, according to ESPN's Jeff Legwold.
Broncos HC committee travel schedule is serious: Taking off now for California and interview with Zac Taylor. Back tonight. Mike Munchak interview in Denver tomorrow. Fly to Boston tomorrow night, interview Brian Flores on Saturday Morning. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 3, 2019
As of Saturday morning the Broncos have now finished four interviews for their head coaching job -- Chuck Pagano, Mike Munchak, Zac Taylor and Brian Flores. They wrapped up Flores Saturday morning in Providence, R.I. They are scheduled to interview... https://t.co/raqJK3lwHW— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) January 5, 2019
That leaves the Cleveland Browns as the likely final team to interview Flores, as Cleveland recently requested to interview him, according to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.
Needless to say, the next 48 hours will be a busy stretch for Flores, whose Patriots have a first-round playoff bye.
One of New England's top assistants leaving for a head coach opening would be a major development, especially if he stays in the AFC East and joins Miami. The Dolphins do have a connection with the Patriots, as general manager Chris Grier's father, Bobby Grier, spent several years in the Patriots' organization during the 1990s. Grier spent six years with New England from 1994 to 1999.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reportedly is interviewing with the Packers on Friday, as well.
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