Hiring former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores would lead to a special Las Vegas Raiders defense in 2022 and beyond.
The Las Vegas Raiders came up short against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, resulting in an early elimination from the playoffs. However, Raider Nation can look to the future and know their team is a coaching hire away from possibly making an organizational leap.
A leap that would lead to more postseason appearances. But how do the Raiders accomplish that? Well, by turning their defense into a machine capable of dominating the AFC West. That’s why Brian Flores should be the next head coach.
We all witnessed the offensive struggles that plagued Las Vegas against the Bengals. This was especially true for the Raiders’ red-zone offense, which went one for five. It’s not exactly breaking news as far as fans are concerned. That means a Flores hire only works if a new offensive coordinator is brought in as well.
Let’s not mince words: Flores is a defensive coach, but that’s not a bad thing, not necessarily.
We’ve seen several elite defensive coordinators, such as Vic Fangio, get control of an entire team only to see those squads fall into offensive obscurity. The Raiders cannot afford to do this, not when you have a quarterback such as Derek Carr.
He needs a modern and creative play-caller. Could Flores bring one with him to Sin City? Of course, he can. Don’t forget, he was trying to win with Tua Tagovailoa in Miami behind an organization that couldn’t agree on who they wanted at quarterback. Tua or pursue Deshaun Watson?
With the Raiders, Flores wouldn’t have to worry about the position or any quarterback controversies. This, in turn, would help him turn the Raiders’ defense into something special. And that’s exactly what would happen. With Fangio out in Denver, the Raiders could end up having the best defense in the AFC West and, potentially, a top ten unit.