It has been said for the past few weeks that the Miami Dolphins would eventually hire a coach who teaches, is accountable, manages game time situations, and ultimately wins football games.
Most of all, the coach has to be willing to build back the Dolphins to where they were before the Marino years.
That is, consistency year after year doesn’t mean just playoffs, or being competitive for that matter, but in GM Chris Grier’s words: championships.
Surely, Owner Stephen Ross said that he didn’t want to exactly go “3-13 next season” in his end of the season conference, but frankly the Dolphins might be awful for one or two seasons upcoming.
Ross also intimated that Adam Gase was in “win-now” mode…Gase can take that philosophy of “win-now” to the New York Jets as he becomes the caretaker of the offense and their young QB, Sam Darnold.
Enter the exciting or maybe underwhelming news of the Dolphins main head coaching target and first known interview: LB coach of the Patriots, Brian Flores.
The news was first reported by Adam Beasley days ago, but further confirmed by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Here’s what’s known about Flores.
Flores was born in Brooklyn and was a 2-year starter at Boston College.
Flores’ comes from parents who came to this country as immigrants from Honduras.
Football was an “escape” as he navigated the mean streets of Brownsville.
After the 2008 season, Flores found his way to the Patriots and met a younger Chris Grier then a scout with the Patriots.
Grier is now the Dolphins GM with VP superpowers.
Here’s where everything else is a little fuzzy, in fact, it goes dark in terms of Flores’ résumé.
Only those within the Patriots organization know what kind of a coach Flores is.
For one, Flores was a finalist for the head coaching position with the Arizona Cardinals last season.
In fact, before this season, Peter Schrager of the NFL Network said Brian Flores was the hottest candidate to be a head coach in 2019.
While Schrager’s prediction has nearly come true (no contract can be signed while the Patriots are playing in the playoffs) Flores was interviewed not only by the Dolphins, but by the Jets who went for Adam Gase.
On the other hand, Ben Volin, of the Boston Globe interview on 790 in South Florida this evening, said Flores is well-liked by his players and if anything, he called the special DB package-Malcom Butler onto the field to win the Patriots the Super Bowl-a play that will live in infamy for Seahawks fans as the reason they lost the Super Bowl as Malcom Butler picked off a Russel Wilson pass rather than the Seahawks opting to run the ball on 3rd and goal inside the 5.
As the Dolphins finalize their decision, Flores is a rising star of football coach and could be a damn good one as long as he has the runway to succeed.
Bottom line, Chris Grier gets his choice on this hire and the potential selection of Flores could be the biggest one of his career as the GM of the Miami Dolphins as they “blow it all up” for future success.
(Photo credit: NESN)