Tag: Chris Grier

Dolphins final target as head coach: Brian Flores of the rival Patriots

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.

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Dolphins coaching search update: Dennis Allen on the radar

After the duo of VP Chris Grier and owner Steve Ross met today with Brian Flores in New England and later OC Eric Bieniemy in Kansas City, the executive jet is headed for New Orleans.

Per various reports: Armando Salguero-talked of a mystery candidate and it’s guess who?

Dennis Allen.

The last time Dolphins fans got a good look at Dennis Allen was not only during the 2017 season where Jay Cutler served up a poorly thrown fade to Julius Thomas for a red zone interception.

Allen is the current defensive coordinator in New Orleans and his team earned a first round bye.

Allen’s coaching tree is actually quite interesting.

While as a GA for three seasons at his alma mater Texas A&M, he coached defensive backs and leveraged his way to his first gig with Dan Reeves of the Atlanta Falcons in the late 90s.

Allen has coached for Dan Reeves, John Fox, and now Sean Payton (twice).

What’s more, Allen as a defensive assistant earned a Super Bowl ring in 2010.

After coaching with John Fox as a defensive coordinator, Allen left for the rival Oakland Raiders as Reggie McKenzie was rebuilding the Silver and Black.

Said Allen after some time after his hiring in 2012 to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle:

“It’s an exciting opportunity for all of us that are involved. To take over such a historic program, be a part of that tradition there with the Raiders, is obviously exciting for all of us. We’re excited about the opportunity to put our stamp on the program.”

Allen if you remember went 4-12 in season one with a gutted roster (Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor) at QB, as the Raiders were in salary cap hell, 4-12 year 2, and then 0-4 before owner Mark Davis pulled the plug on the Dennis Allen era never seeing what Allen could do with a healthy and later seasoned Derek Carr.

Allen was promptly fired after the Dolphins beat the Raiders in London: 38-14.

To Dolphins fans, this was a big win and a win that got Dolphins fans to rally around Ryan Tannehill after Philbin threatened to bench him.

Perhaps looking at Dennis Allen could give a glimpse into the future of what a losing season with a gutted roster looks like and maybe that serves as a cautionary tale in the #TankforTua campaign.

As we look at where this coaching search is turning, Allen becomes the second coach with head coaching experience and is not a first year head coach in the NFL.

Both Mike Munchak and Dennis Allen we’re fired by their respective teams after some tough losses and issues with management, but at this point the Dolphins search will continue to find their next head coach.

What’s most interesting about the Dolphins search, former head coach Adam Gase heads to Green Bay now to interview with the Packers after having had meetings with the Jets and Cardinals.

Gase, continues to garner interest as the “QB guru.”

Is there a coach on the Dolphins list more qualified than Gase?

The answer is no and not yet.

Perhaps a Harbaugh or two appears on the Dolphins list officially or unofficially.

This much is known: in two days the Dolphins will have interviewed 4 coaches with Vic Fangio (Bears DC), Kris Richard (Cowboys DB and passing game coordinator) and finally Dolphins Assistant Head coach and special teams Coordinator Darren Rizzi and OL coach Mike Munchak on the horizon.

Photo credit: Miami Herald