Brian Flores reflects on Belichick’s mentorship as he becomes a rival

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New Dolphins head coach Brian Flores will square off with his old boss Bill Belichick twice a year as long as they’re both coaching. He’s looking forward to that.

Flores said on PFT Live that Belichick has been his teacher and friend for as long as Flores has worked in the NFL, and now they’ll remain friends — with the exception of two games a year.

“My relationship with Bill will be a little bit different in that we’ll be competing with each other,” Flores said. “I’ll always have a great respect for him and I think it’ll be the same on his part. He’s been a mentor to me, he’s been great to me for 15 years, he’s been a sounding board for me, andI don’t see that changing. The only thing that changes is when we play each other, for those three or four hours we won’t like each other but that’s OK. We’re both going out to win every week. He knows that. He taught me that.”

The track record of former Belichick assistants becoming head coaches hasn’t been great, and Belichick is 14-9 all-time when going head-to-head against one of his former assistants. If Flores can reverse that trend, he can change the very long trend of the Patriots dominating the AFC East.

42 responses to “Brian Flores reflects on Belichick’s mentorship as he becomes a rival

  1. I have lost some respect for this guy. Stealing people off the staff is a no-no, especially in the division.

    He’ll fail and everyone will claim BB has no coaching tree, but it won’t be BB’s fault.

  2. When Brian Flores was a 5th year senior at Boston College he wrote a letter to all 32 NFL teams explaining he wanted to work in football and would accept any opportunity.

    The Patriots were the only team to respond.

  3. “…and Belichick is 14-9 all-time when going head-to-head against one of his former assistants.”
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    You say that as if it’s a big negative, but that’s “only” a .608 winning percentage. Most of the league would kill to beat the pats nearly 4 out of every 10 times.

    Seems his former assistants are more successful than most others against him in a somewhat limited sample size.

  4. The other tylaws wants to sniff BB’s underwear.

    “Wah, wah, wah. He took a promotion inside the division. Wah, wah, wah. He’s giving promotions to other coaches inside the division.”

    You’re pathetic tylaws.

  5. …long trend of the Patriots dominating the AFC East.
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    That statement just buys into the salty mountain of hate’s false narrative that the Patriots have only been so successful because they’ve been able to dominate the AFCE. But the Patriots under Brady-Belichick have won about 75% of games both in their division AND outside it, so the Patriots have dominated the league. The Dolphins and Jets actually have a better record against the Brady-Belichick Pats than the Steelers do.

  6. Stiller43 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:12 am
    “…and Belichick is 14-9 all-time when going head-to-head against one of his former assistants.”
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    You say that as if it’s a big negative, but that’s “only” a .608 winning percentage. Most of the league would kill to beat the pats nearly 4 out of every 10 times.

    Seems his former assistants are more successful than most others against him in a somewhat limited sample size
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    Was thinking the same thing like “Hey, that’s not a bad winning percentage.”

    Seems BB’s assistants coach, game plan and have more success against him than they do other teams.

  7. “tylawspick6 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 8:57 am
    I have lost some respect for this guy. Stealing people off the staff is a no-no, especially in the division.

    He’ll fail and everyone will claim BB has no coaching tree, but it won’t be BB’s fault.”

    First off, it’s not a claim that BB has no coaching tree. It’s a fact.
    Secondly you are partly right that it’s not his fault. BB isn’t concerned about creating a coaching tree. He is completely disinterested in helping any team succeed over his. He’s only concerned with his team, that he has complete control over. His assistants have proven time and time again they are unable to operate outside of New England. That is because they don’t know how. Bill calls all the shots in New England and doesn’t empower his coaches. It works for him and the team and that’s really all he is concerned about. So yeah, it’s not totally his fault. He’s not responsible for helping his assistants develop into HCs and he doesn’t seem to really care much at all about it. It’s really the fault of the blind teams that keep taking coordinators from New England and expecting them to work out. It’s not going to happen.

  8. “pastabelly says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:46 am
    Belichick didn’t even open up the vault to Josh McDaniels until the new deal last year. It’s hard to believe that Flores knows more than that.”

    Actually, it was reported verbatim that he had “opened up the vault” for McDaniels when he left for Denver. Then again he “opened up the vault” again last year, I guess, to keep him around in New England. I guess he’ll reopen the vault in another couple years.

  9. jman967 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:27 am

    First off, it’s not a claim that BB has no coaching tree. It’s a fact.
    Secondly you are partly right that it’s not his fault. BB isn’t concerned about creating a coaching tree. He is completely disinterested in helping any team succeed over his. He’s only concerned with his team, that he has complete control over. His assistants have proven time and time again they are unable to operate outside of New England. That is because they don’t know how. Bill calls all the shots in New England and doesn’t empower his coaches. It works for him and the team and that’s really all he is concerned about. So yeah, it’s not totally his fault. He’s not responsible for helping his assistants develop into HCs and he doesn’t seem to really care much at all about it. It’s really the fault of the blind teams that keep taking coordinators from New England and expecting them to work out. It’s not going to happen.

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    Ah, you must be Ernie Adams. Until now, I wasn’t aware that any of us had access to New England’s inner sanctum.

    For what it’s worth, Belichick strikes me as the polar opposite. I think he is very controlling, particularly when giving promotions. Flores wasn’t even entitled as DC, even though he served in that capacity. It’s clever really, that way if Flores wasn’t up to the task, Belichick wouldn’t have to remove him entirely from the organization.

    I get the impression that Belichick is an effective leader. A prick, yes, but very effective, and effective leaders delegate. Josh McDaniels has pretty much a free reign on play calling, though it appears Belichick reserves the right to overrule during game time, like just about every NFL head coach. Belichick reportedly doesn’t mind hearing out assistants who disagree, he actually encourages his assistants to speak their minds. He’s not looking for yes-men, but rather evidence that you’re serious and passionate about your job.

  10. Without the Patriots cheating infrastructure he’ll be just another coach, just like everyone else that leaves there.

  11. tylawzpick6 says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:14 am
    The other tylaws wants to sniff BB’s underwear.

    “Wah, wah, wah. He took a promotion inside the division. Wah, wah, wah. He’s giving promotions to other coaches inside the division.”

    You’re pathetic tylaws.

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    Your loserdom and insecurity is delicious!

  12. Of all former BB assistants, Flo has the best shot of being a good head coach. The only thing that could derail this is the Dolphin ownership and GM, which haven’t been all that great over the past decades.

  13. “Ah, you must be Ernie Adams. Until now, I wasn’t aware that any of us had access to New England’s inner sanctum.”

    I’m going on what I see outwardly from New England and how Belichick has run things for almost 20 years, plus the failure of every coordinator that has left there.
    But I do find it ironic that you throw a sarcastic comment at me about how I must have access to New England’s inner sanctum and then proceed to tell me all the ways I’m wrong as if you are part of the inner sanctum.

  14. “The ONE area BB does NOT do well in , is creating a great long lasting coaching tree”

    My point is I do think he cares about that at all. Creating effective HCs out of his assistants doesn’t seem to be something he really considers. Which is fine, obviously what he is doing is working at Gillette. He’s not responsible for making them into HCs. Which is why it seems asinine that teams keep going after his assistants. After 18 years not a single effective HC has come out of New England. That’s a big enough sample size for anyone with a brain to say, “No Thanks”.

  15. Who cares if he jumped ship to a division rival. I would work for a competitor in a heart beat if they offered me a promotion and pay raise. The only loyalty I have is to myself and family. That doesn’t mean I don’t respect the people who helped get me there.

  16. The problem that Belichick’s assistants have when they take HC positions elsewhere is that many of the teams they inherit have a bunch of players like Lane Johnson who don’t want to play for that style of coach (and there is nothing wrong with Lane – you certainly can win Super Bowls with him). McDaniels had Brandon Marshall, who wouldn’t buy in. Belichick had the luxury of being able to tear it down in New England and then signed a bunch of his former players who would come cheap. The Belichick style is not going to work everywhere. Flores may decide not to work his players like Belichick does. It’s not easy.

  17. Exapno Mapcase says:
    February 5, 2019 at 10:01 am
    Without the Patriots cheating infrastructure he’ll be just another coach, just like everyone else that leaves there.
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    Are you aware that both “Spygate” and “Deflategate” were nothing more than Goodell vindictiveness and pettiness? In the “Spygate” matter, Goodell was just PO’ed because he told BB to do something and Belichick just ignored him.

    The Patriots were disciplined for videotaping their September 9, 2007 regular-season 38-14 road victory against the New York Jets from the wrong location. The Patriots filmed from an unapproved sideline location instead of from an approved indoor location.

    Coincidentally, the Jets had engaged in the same filming activity during their November 12, 2006 regular season game against the Patriots in Foxborough. During that game, a Jets cameraman was caught filming the game and Patriots signals and removed from the stadium. A year later, as a form of payback, the Jets flagged the Patriots for the same activity.

    Videotaping your opponents offensive and defensive signals during a game is not prohibited by the league, even today. However, there are places in the stadium where you are allowed and not allowed to film from. According to the 2007 NFL Game Operations Manual, legal game videotaping locations “must be enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead.”

  18. I don’t get the whole ‘coaching tree’ thing. How well someone performs is really a result of their own skill and effort, not their head coaches’ ability to develop them. How many head coaches dedicate themselves to developing someone that either wants take their job or wants to compete head to head against them? And how many head coaches even ever had a tree? If you look at some of Belichick’s former assistants turned HC, they had very different styles. Weiss and Crennel couldn’t be any more different and McDaniel tried to rule the roost as if he had Belichick’s cache.

  19. Mike Vrabel, Bill O’Brien, …to name a few, have done well. But it is early yet in their careers.
    I suspect that being a part of the Patriots organization for 15 years has given Flores some ideas on how championship teams operate.
    His work over this season has been exemplary.

    I wish him well…and it’ll be good for the Pats and for all of football to have a legit challenge in the AFC East.
    I did say challenge. I don’t want him to actually beat NE…. but a challenge is good.

  20. terripet says:
    February 5, 2019 at 9:57 am
    The cheaters way

    Poor, poor littlepet…….he’s still in denial that the Patriots won the Superbowl.

  21. So according To tylaw it’s not ok for Flores to take some staff with him as he moved to Miami but it’s ok when BB signs a guy before his team plays his old team them cuts him immediately after gaining some info?

    I don’t care that he does by my God, the thought process of pats fans like tylaw. It must be so sad that your life is 100% dependent on the football team you watch . At the end of the day my life is no better or worse depending on how my teams play. Kind of sad really

  22. Pats fan here since their creation in 1960. I apologize to all posters for the endless, distorted, myopic, and inane observations of tylaw.

  23. “First off, it’s not a claim that BB has no coaching tree. It’s a fact.”

    ^Nick Saban was belichiks defensive coordinator for the browns… Doesn’t that count as under his tree or what

  24. Hey “tylawspick6” – How many assistants has Belichick & Kraft poached from other teams INCLUDING their own division over the years?
    Sounds like your upset Flores is gonna be Kryptonite to your Patriots – can’t YOU be happy for the man on being good enough to earn a promotion regardless of where it was?

  25. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    February 5, 2019 at 10:39 am
    Don’t move your 401K yet Coach Flores, you’ll be back in New England by 2022 at the latest!

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    You claim to be a Dolphins’s fan….and yet all you do is post negative comments about the Dolphins. What gives?

  26. Flores can be successful ONLY if ownership stays out of the way and a competent GM and Director of Player Personnel is in place. Its not just having a great Head Coach….you need all of the other parts as well.

  27. You claim to be a Dolphins’s fan….and yet all you do is post negative comments about the Dolphins. What gives?
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    Have you not seen the superpatriotfan and patriotsb4life on PFT?

  28. And yet the Dolphins still own the head to head winning against the pats*. Really shows what a doormat the pats* were for many decades.

  29. @finfansince68

    Belichick does not poach assistants from other teams, it is rare that he brings in assistants from other NFL teams.

    Do not sweat TyLawPick6, I am certain BB gave Flores the thumbs up.

    Good luck to your team.

  30. Lots of folks are bashing “inexperienced” hires like Zac Taylor. How is this hire any better?

  31. Deric Gregory says:
    February 5, 2019 at 4:59 pm
    Lots of folks are bashing “inexperienced” hires like Zac Taylor. How is this hire any better?

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    How is Brian Flores learning under BB for 15 years, any better than some guy learning under 32 year old McVay?

    Is this is a serious question?

  32. The question is, will Flores be any better than Matt Patricia with Detroit? In today’s offensive only league I’m not so big on defensive head coaches. Belichek gets away with it because he’s more like a CEO who oversees and delegates. Was Pete Carroll the last coach to win a SB? If you eliminate Belichek there aren’t too many defensive head coaches who win today. Today’s game requires a different skill set. NE’s success is due to Belichek’s superior organizational and team philosophy skills, imho.

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