The Houston Texans made the decision to hire former defensive coordinator Lovie Smith as their next head coach, following the firing of David Culley after just one season with the franchise. Among the other finalists for the job were Josh McCown and Brian Flores, the latter of whom feels he was unfairly taken out of the running. After Smith was announced as the Texans’ new head coach, Flores’ lawyers released a statement alleging that their client was snubbed due to his ongoing lawsuit against the NFL. GM Nick Caserio has since issued a response to those claims, shooting them down adamantly.

“I would say it didn’t affect us at all,” the Texans GM said, via SportsTalk790. “Speaking specific to Brian, I’ve known Brian a long time personally and professionally. I have a lot of respect for Brian as a coach and a person. He was a part of this process. He’s been a good coach in this league for a number of years. Part of my responsibility was to spend time with as many quality candidates as possible and Brian was one of those.”

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Despite Flores feeling slighted by the Texans after their decision to hire Smith was announced, Caserio clarified that his ongoing lawsuit wasn’t the reason he didn’t get the job.

Flores was let go by the Miami Dolphins after the 2021 NFL season, following the team’s 8-9 record. Despite a sensational second half of the season for the Dolphins, owner Stephen Ross opted against retaining Flores, with the Dolphins subsequently hiring Mike McDonald to fill their vacancy.

After the Saints finalized a deal with Dennis Allen, the last remaining head coaching vacancy has officially been filled, with Flores not getting an opportunity.