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If you were trying to come up with the perfect situation to sum up everything that Brian Flores was saying with his lawsuit against the NFL over racial discrimination, you couldn’t possibly do any better than the Houston Texans reportedly have.

According to multiple reports, the Texans are down to two candidates for their head coaching position after informing Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon that he was no longer under consideration. Those two candidates would be former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and former NFL quarterback Josh McCown.

Flores spent three seasons as the head coach of the Dolphins, turning in back-to-back winning seasons before being fired under what many considered dubious reasons. Prior to that, Flores spent a decade on the New England Patriots coaching staff where he was part of four Super Bowl champions. He also spent time in the Patriots scouting department. Flores has been on the interview list for just about every open head coaching position during the last few weeks.

McCown is a long-time journeyman NFL quarterback who has never coached at the college or NFL level at any point in his career. He has worked as a volunteer quarterbacks coach and as an assistant coach for his sons’ high school football team. McCown is very good friends with Texans EVP of football operations Jack Easterby. No other NFL team formally interviewed McCown for their open head coaching positions.

Incidentally, Flores is black and McCown is white.

So, just to recap, the Texans head coaching job appears to be coming down to a qualified black man with over a decade of NFL coaching experience and three years of head coaching experience and a white man who has never coached a meaningful football game in his life but its good friends with the white guy in charge.

If you pitched a movie about racial inequalities in the NFL and used this as your storyline, you’d get laughed out of the room for being too on the nose.

Naturally, you can understand why the initial reactions to this report are what they are.

We’re all in eager anticipation of what wild excuse the Texans are going to use when they don’t hire Flores. But we’ll probably find out how it all plays out very soon. Get your takes ready.

[Josina Anderson]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.