The Denver Broncos have have found their new coach to Sean Payton, sending a 2024 first-round pick and second-round pick to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for Payton’s rights and a 2024 third-round pick. Now Payton will aim to establish his new coaching staff, and he would have his eye on a few experienced defensive minds to potentially serve as a defensive coordinator.
By NFL Mediathe Broncos have requested permission to speak with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker coach and former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores for their defensive coordinator position, as well as Seattle Seahawks defensive assistant , Sean Desai.
Flores established himself as a top defensive assistant after 11 years with the New England Patriots from 2008 to 2018. He was also interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator position this offseason, as well as for the position of head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. The 41-year-old coached the Steelers linebackers in 2022 after being fired by the Dolphins following a 24-25 tenure. Interestingly enough, Flores actually sued the Broncos with the NFL and the New York Giants 12 months ago, alleging racial discrimination. He claimed in a class action lawsuit that he participated in a “mock interview” with former Broncos general manager John Elway during Denver’s 2019 coaching search.
Desai, meanwhile, just completed his first season with the Seahawks, serving as associate head coach and defensive assistant under Pete Carroll. Previously, he served nine years as a defensive assistant for the Chicago Bears, including one year as defensive coordinator in 2021. Like Flores, Desai was in consideration for the Vikings defensive coordinator position, but 9 Reports he has since withdrawn his candidacy for the position.