Brian Flores emerges as leading candidate for Dolphins

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The Dolphins wrapped up interviews with two of their current assistant coaches on Friday, but it does not appear Dowell Loggains or Darren Rizzi is in a lead spot as they search for Adam Gase’s successor.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team has “narrowed the focus” of their search to Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and PFT has heard the same. Flores also served as the de facto defensive coordinator in New England last season despite not getting a title bump after Matt Patricia left for the Lions.

Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reported earlier this week that Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier “has long thought highly” of Flores and that there was strong buzz in league circles about Flores’ chances of landing the job in Miami.

Rapoport stresses that there’s no deal in place yet and nothing can become official until the Patriots are done playing this season. The earliest point they could be done is after they facing the Chargers at home on Sunday.

61 responses to “Brian Flores emerges as leading candidate for Dolphins

  1. Such a Dolphin thing to do, this franchise has been stuck in neutral for 45 years, but best of luck to him, hard to win without a QB

  2. I buy they want him, but I have serious doubts that BB would want him going into the division AND I don’t think Flores wants to go up against BB 2x per year.

    He’s not dumb.

    The Pats have been down this inter-divisional cheating approach with the Jets hiring an ill prepared and unqualified Manboobs in 2006. He was distratced that postseason and BB and the players were really ticked off at his selfishness.

    These interviews need to happen only after a team is bounced from the postseason. This is absolutely ridiculous.

  3. Good grief, how many times? He’s Acting DC because EVERY coordinator promoted by Belichick is Acting in their first year – as per O’Brien, Patricia, McDaniels. But Crennel and others who’ve held those posts under BB were already coordinators beforehand.

  4. Is his flux capacitor working? Obviously, he needs to bring the 22-year old Tom Brady with him…..

  5. Don’t understand all the inbreeding in the AFC East. Ryan from Jets to Bills. Gase from Miami to Jets and now Flores from Patriots to Dolphins. No wonder New England wins the division every single year.

  6. Would love this hire as a Dolphin fan. Should put us right in the running for Trevor Lawarence in 2 years.

  7. Why would he want to go head to head with his ex boss? And a league MVP qb? Where a team has no talent? I doubt he signs. And I’m a fins fan. The real Coach to Grab was either Arians or Williams.

  8. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    Not good since all Pats assistants fail as HC’s.

    They’re not as brilliant without the BB & Brady blanket, its well proven
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    More like not as good when they lose that Patriot Priviledge from the refs and the league.

  9. Stop thinking that the guy next to Belichick is the next genius! Flores is a career positions coach who’s never led an entire side of the ball. Richard is a positions coach too, but at least he has the coordinator experience for a top unit. I’m not too high on either, but Richard as HC with Kubiak as OC would be the best of both worlds given what’s currently out there.

  10. “He’s not dumb.”
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    Wait, you’re saying passing up on an NFL head coaching job would be the SMART move?

  11. It’s a forgone conclusion that Flores would want a promotion to Head Coach. However the reality is going to a team like Miami without a starting quarterback is flirting with failure. Flores’ agent will have to get him a lot of money and some guarantees!

  12. Besides the Dolphins have been below average for over 40 years, they will not lose this weekend because it’s January, have no doubt. I only hope as his first move he removes Shula’s reserved handicapped spot and moves it next to the port o johns, where it belongs.

  13. He’s so unqualified. If you don’t believe me look at his coaching history. If the pathetic dolphins hire him it’s just going to keep the futility going. Great job dolphins. I’m now done with you

  14. He’s B.B.’s spy, being let go to blow up the Miami Organization so they won’t be sucksessfull…… oh, wait,…. never mind

  15. vaphinfan says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    Not good since all Pats assistants fail as HC’s.

    They’re not as brilliant without the BB & Brady blanket, its well proven
    ++++++++++++
    More like not as good when they lose that Patriot Priviledge from the refs and the league.

    6 16 Rate This
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    yeah, sweet “priviledge”: lmao

    faux scandals to try to distract and steal picks while literally changing the rules in the super bowl for a gift 14 points for philly.

    sweet, sweet “priviledge” since goodell entered the league cheating the pats to get to parity.

  16. mogogo1 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    “He’s not dumb.”
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    Wait, you’re saying passing up on an NFL head coaching job would be the SMART move?

    6 3 Rate This

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    to go to a god awful owner and environment? absolutely!!
    you kiddies know nothing about jobs or life

    Have you been in a coma the last 10 years watching these pathetic teams operate?

    environment absolutely matters.

  17. Welp, I’ll wish the young man well but history would dictate that BB is actually pretty bad at developing assistants and coordinators into HCs. I’ll wish him luck that he doesn’t turn into the latest of the bad bunch.

  18. Wow. Is there any doubt remaining that Mr Ross has proven to be the most inept owner in modern league history?

    If you really care about the Dolphins, sell them!

  19. vaphinfan says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    Not good since all Pats assistants fail as HC’s.

    They’re not as brilliant without the BB & Brady blanket, its well proven
    ++++++++++++
    More like not as good when they lose that Patriot Priviledge from the refs and the league.
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    So cute when you quote yourself chip. Seriously, you make the same spelling and grammatical errors no matter which sock puppet you employ.

  20. AutonomousThinker7 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:07 pm
    Thats funny, he hasn’t even been a coordinator yet
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    Right he doesn’t have all the experience of a……………..Kliff Klinsbury

  21. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 11, 2019 at 6:37 pm
    vaphinfan says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    Not good since all Pats assistants fail as HC’s.

    They’re not as brilliant without the BB & Brady blanket, its well proven
    ++++++++++++
    More like not as good when they lose that Patriot Priviledge from the refs and the league.
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    So cute when you quote yourself chip. Seriously, you make the same spelling and grammatical errors no matter which sock puppet you employ
    +++++++++++!
    Yep you got me. I post on here just to repost, argue, and disagree with my own posts. I didn’t think anyone was smart enough to catch me but you sir did it.

  22. Desperation move
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    Doesn’t seem to be any better or worse of a hire or more of a reach than virtually any other guy that’s been hired this time around by the various teams.

    In the grand scheme of things, who else would the Dolphins be able to hire right now that would be better…………knowing the team has no quarterback and is going to be rebuilding (and actually realizing it this time) for the next few years??????

    This guy, the Dallas guy, they seem worthy of getting a shot. Can’t be any worse than the clowns Miami has had the past ten years…..

  23. The Truth says:
    January 11, 2019 at 7:13 pm
    Patsies linebackers stink , smh
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    Yeah, you’re so right…..I mean they are only playing in a divisional round game this weekend after earning a bye…..so, what is your favorite teams better coached LB’s doing this weekend, watching the games from the couch , like you EINSTEIN??

  24. The Patriots with Flores running the D were 21st in YPG, but 7th in PPG. That’s been the modus operandi of their defense for about a decade now. They give up yardage between the 20s because they’ve lacked the traditional edge rushers that regularly force 3rd-and-long situations, and the secondary is willing to give up the underneath stuff and focus on making the tackles to avoid long plays. Then, when everything is compressed and congested on their half of the field, they use schemes, personnel (and their football IQ) to shut the offense down and limit them to FGs and punts.

    Flores has the makings of a good head coach, but I wonder if the Dolphins are the right spot for him. Lots of talk about Belickick’s coaching tree and their lackluster performance, but perhaps that has more to do with the front office and ownership of the franchise they go to rather than their own coaching ability. In New England, EVERYONE is on the same page, in other franchises, that’s not the case and people focus on self preservation over everything else.

  25. One positive thing Dolphins fans is that Ross is old so he’ll either sell the team to a better owner or he’ll die soon. It sounds cruel but as long as Ross owns this team they are going nowhere. This hire would ensure the Patriots 2 easy wins each year for the next 3 or 4 years.

  26. I heard on local radio this week (Boston) that Flores was identified in 2008 as a coach to watch. That was 11 years ago. I don’t want him to go to the Dolphins (where NFL players go for a final paycheck), but they could do much worse.

  27. I think this has the potential to be a very good hire for the Dolphins. While other teams are trying to hire “the next sean mcvay” they are going after a guy who has coached a wide variety of positions over the course of his career (special teams, offense, linebackers, safeties) and has experience as a scout.

    Maybe he’s not a mastermind on one side of the ball but being able to handle a roster of every position – not just qb – could be the thing that leads him to succeed.

    Leadership is too often overlooked. Watch out for Flores to be the best coach to come off the Belicheck tree (yes I know that’s not saying much).

    I like the hire. Need some talent though…

  28. BB compartmentalizes things in a way that prevents assistants from knowing everything and then taking it with them to recreate elsewhere. That’s the reason for the lack of success when assistants leave. That’s why McDaniels was convinced to stay. He was promised BB would open things up for him with the assumption if he did not take over the team eventually, he could probably leave after X years. McDaniels not really interviewing much this year may be partly due to the agreement he signed last year with the Pat’s. Wouldn’t surprise me.

  29. Give the man a chance. At least a full season or two before you speak on him. I bet one thing Brian does is continue the tradition of Dolphins’ Super Bowl every year… That is, beating New England in Miami. What’s a matter… Can Belicheat not cheat so well in South Beach or what? I like the hire. A diverse solution to a major problem in Miami. Let’s give Brian Flores our full support as Dolphins fans& move forward & hope for a better future than mediocrity.

  30. Just hope that someone can coach the Fins as really find a coach that can return them to their glory years. As well as that of finding a QB. As Fins fans missing the days of Shula and Marino.

  31. As a Pats fan, I really hate to see him go IF this truly is the case….. thought he did a great job as the Pats Defacto D Coordinator this year & was hoping he’d stay a few more years….. heard nothing but great things about the guy & would have loved to see him develop some more under Bills tutelage……Just don’t believe Miami to be a good destination for him as this seems to be a WIN NOW position for coaches in today’s NFL & I just don’t see that happening anytime soon there!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  32. To the point that going to a crappy team isn’t a good move, those are the jobs that first time HCs are offered, generally. Even if the Dolphins can’t solve the QB puzzle during his tenure there, he just needs to prove he can build a culture of winning that can lead to his next job.

    Well-respected guy in the Pats org, hard not to root for him.

  33. Flores is an extremely uninspiring hire. Given the offensive direction the league is heading and how much easier it is to find a good DC than it is a good OC why not try to hire the best offensive minded coach u can? Miami’s offense is an unmitigated disaster (and the Jets looked at the architect of that disaster & apparently thought making him their HC was a great idea), they could really use a young talented offensive minded head coach right about now to come in and rebuild their offense.

  34. mrcogburn says:
    January 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm
    Wow. Is there any doubt remaining that Mr Ross has proven to be the most inept owner in modern league history?

    If you really care about the Dolphins, sell them!

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    its a tossup really. jimmy haslam, the yorks, and the johnson brothers from NY are all pretty bad as well.

  35. Another learn on the job experiment coach? Why would you make that mistake again? A team that needs a total reorganization requires a leader with experience. There is only 2-3 guys out there with it and Flores isn’t one of them.

  36. I really don’t get the argument from Patriot fans that the reason the BB coaching tree is so bad is because they have taken over bad teams. Then explain to me Why Andy Reid’s coaching tree is soo good because they have been hired by just as bad of teams and have turned them around in a short period of time. For example when Doug Pederson was hired by the Eagles they were a mess after Chip Kelly got rid of all of the good players and yet Doug won the Super Bowl with them in his second year as head coach of the Eagles.

  37. The Pats felt so highly of him they didn’t bother giving him the title to the job he is actually doing. How exactly does that exude confidence in Miami? Call Rex and Kubiak (OC)

  38. lanman11 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    BB compartmentalizes things in a way that prevents assistants from knowing everything and then taking it with them to recreate elsewhere. That’s the reason for the lack of success when assistants leave. That’s why McDaniels was convinced to stay. He was promised BB would open things up for him with the assumption if he did not take over the team eventually, he could probably leave after X years. McDaniels not really interviewing much this year may be partly due to the agreement he signed last year with the Pat’s. Wouldn’t surprise me.
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    I think that’s a bit of a stretch. Virtually all Pats coaches do time with offense, defense and special teams, which is a bit unusual compared to other franchises.
    Some coaches leave earlier than they should for financial reasons- Flores makes little money for the amount of work he does, he is guaranteed to pocket 4mil with the Dolphins- that’s a major incentive to leave for a relativly young guy- it is a business after all.
    Bill is of course a fabulous coach, but his biggest coaching “Secret” was to have Tom Brady fall into his lap- a smart, ego-less (for a QB!)that only cares about winning. Bill is known as a coach who is ruthless in cutting players early, yet Brady has been his ONLY QB for 17 years- think about that- Brady has given Bill the freedom to flourish as a head coach.

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