Dolphins think they found a coach for the new generation of players

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New Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is only 38 years old, and that may have helped him get the job.

Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier says Flores is a coach who understands the current generation of players, what motivates them and how to help them grow.

“For me, it wasn’t a matter of offense or defense,” Grier said, via Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “It was a matter of finding the right guy that we felt was going to be a leader of men, that was going to interact with this generation. This generation is different. When I grew up, I couldn’t talk back to my mom and dad. These kids, you see it out on the field, they’re talking back to coaches. It’s a different world. It’s a hard job, coaching these kids.”

The Dolphins’ roster is not in great shape, and it’s probably going to take Flores some time to build a young team into a winner. But the Dolphins think they have the right man to lead that young roster.

79 responses to “Dolphins think they found a coach for the new generation of players

  1. I would be happy if the headline read simply “Dolphins Think They Have Found a Coach”

  2. Chris , You couldnt talk back to your parents because you were RAISED, you didnt just have birthdays like so many kids today that are not being RAISED. Yes it is different today with Young people, RESPECT is the only way a Teacher or Coach is going to win them over. Best of luck to you and the Dolphins.

  3. Ok, so the new way of coaching… Let them use their cells all the time, smile when they throw tantrums, agree with their ME ME ME attitudes, and tell them they deserve more money even though they haven’t played well. That’s a coach for the new age! That would translate to “respect” from the players, not actually being respectful.

  4. Has this always been a thing where the assumption is that the “new generation” is totally, 100% different from any previous generation?

  5. We All need to give the Guy a fair chance… We’ll all know, once the games start… It was clear the first year with Gase!!! He butt heads with everyone!!! He had Ajayi in the dog house from jump!!! And that’s the same Man that came in and save the season… Grier is right, You need a LEADER OF MEN!!!

  6. Funny, there’s a guy in the division who’s a 67 year old cantankerous cranky pants and the players wouldn’t dare talk back to him. And yet he still seems to be getting the most out of his players.

  7. I really hope Flores is successful. By all accounts, the players in New England loved him and loved his direction as the defensive coordinator last season.

  8. Why don’t you just hire a coach that commands respect? This “hire a young guy because he’ll relate to the players” stuff only works if the young guy is a good coach. The same thing works with old guys.

  9. Flores did and excellent job with the Pats. So far he seems to be handling the additional responsibility well. That can’t really be proven until regular season games are being played, but I think he’ll do well. Can’t be any worse than Gase and pity the poor Jets fans who got stuck watching him coach.

  10. You need too find a quarterback than ur coach will look a lot better. You only win consistently with good players which you lack. You guys will be ready too Fire this guy after next year. Phins will suck this year than draft a qb next year and suck and than the cycle will continue. The stability is really what we should focus on. Baby steps tho yeah this guy looks great let’s see how great he is with fitzmagic and Rosen

  11. thudsp says:
    June 25, 2019 at 9:27 am
    OK calm down. Lets let this guy coach a game before you anoint him as the next Don Shula.

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    Don Shula? You mean the guy who could not win a SB and only one a single AFCCG with Dan Marino?

  12. crush22 says: “New generation = soft”
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    Average DT in 1970: 6’3″ 256 lbs.
    Average DT in 2018: 6’4″ 309 lbs.

    Right. Today’s players are soft. Even keyboard warriors like you will just bounce back up after a single hit by these teddy bears…

  13. I think he’ll be beloved by his players in the same manner as Tony Dungy and Mike Tomlin. Stern in approach, but understanding of where these guys come from and how to get the best out of them while helping them become better men.

  14. Today’s players don’t need a “buddy”–they need a coach who will demand (and give) respect and who will earn it. Players shouldn’t be permitted to talk back to their boss any more than any other employee should. You work for the coach, so act like it. If you can’t treat your boss with respect, then take a hike. (If the boss is wrong, then talk it out–but don’t be disrespectful. It won’t work.)

  15. “TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    June 25, 2019 at 9:28 am
    We can only hope at this point, its been 15 years of head coaches i would not wish on any other NFL teams.”

    At least you didn´t win the battle with the Rams for Jeff Fisher.

  16. I like Flores. I’m sure he’s a good coach, but the bottom line is you need good players. By the way, how old is Bill Belichick? He seems to be doing just fine relating to this generation of players. I’m old enough to have lived through a few generations of players, and one thing has been consistent. The coaches with the best players win. I’ve seen plenty of great coaches have success with talented rosters, and then have no success with less talented rosters. I’ve only seen two coaches have enormous success regardless of talent. Joe Gibbs and Jim Harbaugh.

  17. “This generation is different. When I grew up, I couldn’t talk back to my mom and dad. These kids, you see it out on the field, they’re talking back to coaches.”

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    What kind of trashy players is he drafting? The “Millenials have no respect” thing is a myth. If you asked 99 out of 100 African Americans who grew up without their dad’s in their lives what there mom would do if they talked back to her.. WOOoo .. almost All of them would say they woulda got smacked fast.

    Chris Grier is out of touch and should just come out and say what he really means “We hired a young black HC and we think he’ll be able to connect better to our young black team… as opposed to the young white coach we had last season”

  18. Just of out curiosity— ever know of a team thinking the new hire was NOT the right coach for the team?

  19. thudsp says:
    June 25, 2019 at 9:27 am
    OK calm down. Lets let this guy coach a game before you anoint him as the next Don Shula.

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    OK calm down. Brian Flores would never purposely wet down the field to slow another team down, or force his players to take pain killers and play hurt, or take steroids or get cut, or negotiate a contract secretly while currently under contract with another team. He may never be another DIRTY DON SHULA, so don’t get your hopes up.

  20. TomBradyIsMyFather says:
    June 25, 2019 at 9:50 am
    6-10
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    WOW you’re in a generous mood ,I was going with 3 tops

  21. New generation = soft
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    I always find this funny from a fan that has yet to play a down of NFL football. So what makes you so physically tough behind your keyboard or smartphone? smh

  22. Adam Gase definitely couldn’t relate to players and never will but this Chris Grier guy needs to calm down. You don’t have to hire a coach who will be a doormat. You can still demand respect without actually verbally demanding it. You do what Nagy does…you bring energy (Gase had NONE)!

    Energy is contagious.

    Nagy doesn’t get “lip” from players because he treats everyone the same…from Pace to the janitor. He rewards people when they do well (Club Dub).

    Its about creating an atmosphere that people enjoy. That’s what ushers in respect…because then they won’t wanna mess and be sent packing.

  23. youngnoize says:
    June 25, 2019 at 10:42 am
    I think he’ll be beloved by his players in the same manner as Tony Dungy and Mike Tomlin. Stern in approach, but understanding of where these guys come from and how to get the best out of them while helping them become better men.

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    Wait….did you just claim that Mike Tomlin is “stern”?

  24. This doesn’t apply just to players. I work on a college campus and you’d be surprised of the amount of people with PhDs behind their names who cannot sit through a meeting w/out being on their phones. These are the same people who work 9 months a year, make students purchase their textbooks, but proclaim they are under paid and need more money.

    As it relates to coaching, I know we want the days of drill sargent coaches who withhold water because it makes you weak but the reality is that it IS a new age.
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    kingcrusher says:
    June 25, 2019 at 9:55 am
    Ok, so the new way of coaching… Let them use their cells all the time, smile when they throw tantrums, agree with their ME ME ME attitudes, and tell them they deserve more money even though they haven’t played well. That’s a coach for the new age! That would translate to “respect” from the players, not actually being respectful.

  25. Don Shula? You mean the guy who could not win a SB and only one a single AFCCG with Dan Marino?

    No, the Don Shula who remains the coach winning the most games in history.

  26. Coach for new generation of players???? Yeah right!! This new generation of player respect women more than they respect men coaches..!!!

  27. v2787 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 10:45 am
    Today’s players don’t need a “buddy”–they need a coach who will demand (and give) respect and who will earn it. Players shouldn’t be permitted to talk back to their boss any more than any other employee should. You work for the coach, so act like it. If you can’t treat your boss with respect, then take a hike. (If the boss is wrong, then talk it out–but don’t be disrespectful. It won’t work.)
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    But, they don’t work for the coach. They work for the organization. A lot of these players make more money than head coaches and there are cases in which players are older than the coach.They aren’t kids. There’s a difference between backtalking and disagreeing.

  28. Forget who’s coaching, the problem with the Dolphins the last fifteen years is their inability of draft good football players; especially with their higher draft picks. When a franchise relies too much on overpaying free agents to fill their roster with talented players, you have a formula for failure.

  29. Sounds like all the dolphins will be getting a participation trophy. The playbook no longer X’s and O’s, now it will be emojis. Toughen up , sugertit. This is football, not a daycare.

  30. Of course they have.

    I mean, look at all the other former NE coaches and the successes they have.

    Oh wait…

  31. So what makes you so physically tough behind your keyboard or smartphone? smh

    I’ve found it’s people who throw this around that tend to be most guilty of being annoying, knowing they can’t be reached.

  32. Just 4 years ago many Fin fans were proclaiming Adam Gase as the next Don Shula. How things have changed?!

  33. Flores proved he can lead, he was respected in NE by his players, peers and called a hell of a game against the RAMS. The current Phin players already respect him, he has already changed the culture.

    Matt Patricia first year in DETROIT, players were balking about the new changes.

    This guy is a total upgrade over GASE who has an huge ego, an overrated QB coach, where FLORES is adept in all 3 aspects of the game..

  34. You are aware, I hope, that Don Shula, went to three consecutive Super Bowls, winning 2 and going undefeated! In his final years, it did seem that the game had passed him by, but he was still one hell of a coach!

  35. Well Yoda up there in New England who must be 105years young doesn’t seem to have any problems. Probably because he gets good players that love the game first and the money second.

  36. New England is going to miss Flores. He turned that defense loose last year. They attacked. They did not sit back and react. They did not have that one guy with double digit sacks (though Trey Flowers did have a good year) they brought pressure on the QB from everywhere – D lineman, Van Noy and Hightower at LB, Chung from safety. He actually had Patrick Chung playing just as much linebacker than he at safety. Great coach.

  37. It’s great to see that old coots who can’t relate to the younger generation are being given their walking papers because they simply aren’t able to coach “these kids.” Adios, Belichick, Reid, etc., you losers! But there are jobs for you coaching over-65 wheelchair flag football teams down in The Villages in Florida, dudes. *sheesh* What idiocy!

  38. While I respect anyone’s right to freedom of speech, to say Don Shula never won a Super Bowl and had only one AFC championship win is RIDICULOUS! How do you go UNDEFEATED in the Super Bowl era without winning a Super Bowl? Answer me that SWFLPC.Inc.? (FYI, Shula won 2, lost 3 with Dolphins, lost 1 with Colts. Meaning, Shula won 2 Super Bowls.)

  39. deborahlagarde says:
    While I respect anyone’s right to freedom of speech, to say Don Shula never won a Super Bowl and had only one AFC championship win is RIDICULOUS! How do you go UNDEFEATED in the Super Bowl era without winning a Super Bowl? Answer me that SWFLPC.Inc.? (FYI, Shula won 2, lost 3 with Dolphins, lost 1 with Colts. Meaning, Shula won 2 Super Bowls.)
    ==

    The poster you’re referring to said: “You mean the guy who could not win a SB and only one a single AFCCG with Dan Marino?” He wasn’t talking about Shula’s entire career in that sentence, just the Marino era.

  40. The dropfins have been amazing at average or below average for sooo long, they finally raided the NE coaching staff to try to get a winner going. Losing to the Patriots for decades, now trying to copy them. Maybe they will finally win again?

    Regardless of if they win, when NY and NE play in MIA, half the stands will be filled with NE and NY fans. That makes for only 6 home games a year… and when they play the NFC East, its down to 4 home games a year.

    MIA and LA are the same, big cities with great weather and deceptive as they are small market fan bases. A high population doesn’t mean a high football fan population.

  41. Lets be honest… a great coach is a coach that wins consistently. Everyone learns to love that coach whether they are nice, funny, mean, serious, etc.

    Saying they think they found a coach for the next generation of players is completely meaningless because he’ll be gone if he doesn’t win regardless of his rapport with the players.

    Better to just wait and see if he can get to winning in the next 3 years.

  42. juan759 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm
    The dropfins have been amazing at average or below average for sooo long, they finally raided the NE coaching staff to try to get a winner going. Losing to the Patriots for decades, now trying to copy them. Maybe they will finally win again?

    Regardless of if they win, when NY and NE play in MIA, half the stands will be filled with NE and NY fans. That makes for only 6 home games a year… and when they play the NFC East, its down to 4 home games a year.

    MIA and LA are the same, big cities with great weather and deceptive as they are small market fan bases. A high population doesn’t mean a high football fan population.

    ————–

    I’m not sure I would spend Sundays from Sept to Feb in front of the TV if I had South Beach in my back yard.

  43. There is too many distractions in south Florida. First draft players who love football and are mature enough not to be distracted. Gase wanted to changed the culture there. Flores has to do that his Own way that is genuine. Don’t try to be a clone of New England.

  44. Yes, this generation is different, but the biggest difference is how much players are compensated and the power they have over what players in the past had. Coaches could bully players and they had no free agency, and players didn’t make much on endorsements. Now, players have leverage. Good for the players. Key is finding balance so coaches can coach and do what they have to do, and players are treated respectfully. This is what you want in any organization, in or out of sports.

  45. The important thing for Miami is STICK WITH IT. Don’t knee jerk. Put him in place for a while, give him the type of players he is asking for, and stay with it. If he makes foolish decisions, ok, fire him, but otherwise, stay the course. Don’t make it about beating the Patriots, or winning the division. Those are things that aren’t as important or achievable. Make it about posting a good record and getting into the playoffs after 3 years or so. But do not fire him. You had some good coaches that got fired because they couldn’t get past BB and the Patriots. Stop using that as a metric. Get to the post season, deal with it then.

  46. I’m not a millennial but if they are the way they are, isn’t it because of the previous generation and how they raised their kids?

    Every generation had their candy asses and idiots.

    I love how it’s ok to generalize a generation but not a gender, race or religion.

  47. He’s gonna try to be a Patriots clone and like the others will fail miserably without Belichick and Brady. That’s why McDaniels backed out of the Indy job.

  48. akira1971 says:
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    Average DT in 1970: 6’3″ 256 lbs.
    Average DT in 2018: 6’4″ 309 lbs.

    Right. Today’s players are soft. Even keyboard warriors like you will just bounce back up after a single hit by these teddy bears…
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    Saying players are soft has nothing to do with size, it’s a mentality, & the statement is true.

  49. I like that the players like him but before we give him the keys to the city lets see him win…. uh.. one game first.

  50. Insomniac says:
    June 25, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I guess the 41 year old Adam Gase was just out of touch then.

    175

    3

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    You say this as a joke, but Gase truly is “out of touch” defined.

  51. daramsman says:
    June 25, 2019 at 11:15 am
    New generation = soft
    _______________________
    I always find this funny from a fan that has yet to play a down of NFL football. So what makes you so physically tough behind your keyboard or smartphone? smh

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    Because I do PFT comments on a mobile device with one hand while I fight mountain lions and wrestle bears with the other.

  52. westcoastfishfan says:
    June 25, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    You are aware, I hope, that Don Shula, went to three consecutive Super Bowls, winning 2 and going undefeated! In his final years, it did seem that the game had passed him by, but he was still one hell of a coach!
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    I am a diehard Miami fan and Shula was indeed a good coach, but let’s not forget that Joe Thomas had a LOT of the pieces in place BEFORE Shula came from Baltimore. Griese, Csonka, Kiick, Morris, Crusan, Buonocontti, Stanfill et al.

    Shula LOST four Super Bowls by a combined score of 105-46, never winning one from 1973 on,and was a pedestrian 19-17 in the playoffs. He drafted poorly from the mid 80s on for the most part. Marv Levy owned him in every BIG game the Bills and Dolphins played from 1989 on. He never was able to put a defense or a running game behind Marino.

    Very good coach, belongs in the HOF but certainly not the BEST of all time.

  53. youngnoize says:
    June 25, 2019 at 12:20 pm
    v2787 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 10:45 am
    Today’s players don’t need a “buddy”–they need a coach who will demand (and give) respect and who will earn it. Players shouldn’t be permitted to talk back to their boss any more than any other employee should. You work for the coach, so act like it. If you can’t treat your boss with respect, then take a hike. (If the boss is wrong, then talk it out–but don’t be disrespectful. It won’t work.)
    ——————————————————————————————
    But, they don’t work for the coach. They work for the organization. A lot of these players make more money than head coaches and there are cases in which players are older than the coach.They aren’t kids. There’s a difference between backtalking and disagreeing.
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    Yes, they DO work for the coach. You have the same attitude and are generating an excuse for their poor behavior. Pick any team and try to find an organizational chart that does not list players directly under the coach. There are none. Money does not equate to authority.

  54. mogogo1 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 10:03 am
    Has this always been a thing where the assumption is that the “new generation” is totally, 100% different from any previous generation?
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    Nah, it’s always been this way. The only difference nowadays is that players have been raised with social media and can get into all kinds of trouble with that. I can’t imagine what kind of nonsense I would’ve posted if that stuff had been around when I was a teenager.

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