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Brian Flores is Patriots assistant, Broncos coaching candidate

The scramble to hire NFL coaches each January inevitably leads to Bill Belichick’s doorstep.

The Patriots’ 20th year head man has seen nine assistants hired away to lead other NFL franchises. As the Broncos search to replace Vance Joseph, their focus has turned to another New England assistant.

Brian Flores, 37, is the Patriots’ linebackers coach and in his first season as defensive playcaller. Broncos’  general manager John Elway and CEO Joe Ellis and other club officials traveled to interview Flores on Saturday.  Other franchises have also shown interest, including Miami, Green Bay and Cleveland.

The Belichick coaching tree boasts an impressive limb count but few branches sprout success.

Only three of nine former Belichick assistants who got NFL head coaching jobs have career records better than .500. Al Groh, who worked under Belichick during his stint as the Browns’ head coach, went 9-7 with the Jets in 2000 before resigning to coach in college. Mike Vrabel led the Titans to a 9-7 record this season.  Bill O’Brien is 42-38 over five seasons with the Texans.

The collective coaching records in the NFL of the remaining six disciples — Romeo Crennel (Browns/Chiefs), Eric Mangini (Jets/Browns), Josh McDaniels (Broncos), Matt Patricia (Lions), Nick Saban (Dolphins) and Jim Schwartz (Lions) — is a whopping 122-197. However, to simply dismiss Flores’ coaching potential based on history isn’t fair, either.

Flores, a New York native who played linebacker at Boston College, broke into the NFL in 2004 as a Patriots scouting assistant and was given pro scouting duties before the 2006 season. He transitioned to an on-field role two years later and was then elevated to oversee safeties (2012-15) and linebackers (2016-18). Through his seven seasons as a position coach, New England ranked inside the NFL’s top 10 for fewest points allowed. The 2018 Patriots (11-5) won their 10th consecutive AFC East title with a defense that ranked No. 21 in yards allowed (359.1), No. 7 in scoring (20.3) and No. 5 in total takeaways (28).

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