Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer
Just spoke with the Raiders' two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Tom Flores, who is one of 15 modern-era finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame consideration. "It's quite a thrill to get this far," Flores told me. "We'll see what happens. It's certainly encouraging and exciting to think about it. But I don't know how to feel about it because I've never gotten this far before." Flores is, as they say, now "in the room" for Hall discussion on Super Bowl weekend. To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent from the 48 selectors. Former Cardinals and Chargers coach Don Coryell is also a finalist and for comparison sake, Flores was 11-5 against the architect of "Air Coryell" and Coryell never won a Super Bowl. Plus, Flores, who was 83-53 as Raiders coach from 1979-87 and 8-3 in the playoffs, was 6-0 with the Raiders against Don Shula, the NFL's all-time winningest coach. "I'm in the room," Flores, the first minority coach to win a Super Bowl, said with a laugh. "We'll see what they think of me in the room." Flores, the first Latino quarterback in pro football history as well as the first minority general manager, with the Seahawks, has two other rings, as an assistant on John Madden's Super Bowl XI-winning staff and as Len Dawson's backup with the Chiefs for Super Bowl IV.