Brian Flores: Honor of a lifetime to work with Dolphins players, coaches and staff

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After firing Brian Flores as the team’s head coach on Monday, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told reporters that he didn’t think they were “working well as an organization” with Flores in the fold.

General Manager Chris Grier did not get fired, so it’s clear Ross didn’t think wholesale changes were needed in order for the team to begin working better. In a statement provided to ESPN following his departure, Flores didn’t mention either man by name and didn’t mention anything about how things were working inside the organization.

Flores did thank players, coaches, and the team’s support staff for their work over the last three seasons.

“I want to thank the Miami Dolphins organization for the opportunity to be the head coach of this team for the last three seasons,” Flores said. “It was an honor to represent the franchise and lead this group of men. I am grateful most of all for the players, coaches and support staff who gave everything they had on a daily basis to help us win games. They deserve the credit for any success on the field, and it was the honor of a lifetime for me to go to work with them every day.”

“I have always believed that leadership is really about service, and I did my best to serve the player, the staff and the organization every day. I believe in this team and will always value the relationships my family and I made here.”

Flores guided the Dolphins to a 19-14 record over the last two years and it would not come as a surprise to see his name surface on interview lists for the other head coaching openings around the league.

35 responses to “Brian Flores: Honor of a lifetime to work with Dolphins players, coaches and staff

  1. I’m just curious, but has there been a recent NFL firing that caused as much head-scratching as Flores being fired in Miami?

  2. The offensive side of the ball was putrid. Jesse Davis played 16 games and sucked. Replaced in week 18 by a UDFA who played better than Davis at any point in the season. Poor OL coaching. RBs terrible until Duke Johnson brought in. Slow starts. Inability to hire good assistants. The list goes on and on.

    Ross’ mistake was keeping Grier. He’ll never learn.

  3. Here are a couple of hints:

    1. Drop the “I’ve arrived” arrogance.
    2. Pick a franchise that has a good owner and GM.
    3. Don’t start 1-6.

  4. How much input did he have in drafting Tua? He deserved another year unless he campaigned hard for Tua.

  5. Wow, Brandon Staley and Joe Judge still have their jobs but Brian Flores doesn’t? Maybe the Chargers or the Giants will see Flores is available and think twice about keeping their guys.

  6. Flores has been nothing but a class act. He brought the Dolphins back from a horrendous start and made them a quite respectable team with a subpar QB. Someone whispering in Ross’s here as to why they fired him and not the GM. Really hoping he gets another shot with a team that has faith in him.

  7. Of all of the questionable decisions made by the Dolphin’s owner and GM over the last few years, this may be the worst.

  8. I wonder if his firing will be a catalyst for a team on the fence, such as the Giants, to make a change with someone as good as Flores available suddenly.

  9. Sorry to see him fired.
    Hope he is OK.

    I thought Miami kept making progress. Seemed like a team willing to play hard and won some games.

    No too many HC lose their job with a winning record, while showing growth and maturity, and while having the respect of the players.

    Weird.

    Couldn’t be because….? Nahh. No way.

  10. txpatsfan says:
    January 10, 2022 at 12:09 pm
    How much input did he have in drafting Tua? He deserved another year unless he campaigned hard for Tua.

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    He wanted Herbert. That’s the problem. He let it be known with his attitude that Tua wasn’t his QB.

  11. Flores failed on the offense.

    Three OCs in 3 years including Chan Gailey?

    He was in over his head.

    He was a weakness in game day as well.

    Great at preparing defensive game plans. Not capable of outsmarting NFL HCs during the game.

  12. “Flores guided the Dolphins to a 19-14 record over the last two years and it would not come as a surprise to see his name surface on interview lists for the other head coaching openings around the league.”

    It would only come as a surprise if his name wasn’t at or near the top of some of those lists.

  13. While everyone seems quick to criticize the firing, remember nagy has more playoff appearances with mitch trubisky than flores with the dolphins. McDermott made the playoffs with tyrod taylor. Good coaches can make the playoffs with average QBs. Good coaches don’t lose 7 in a row.

  14. bostonblows says:

    He wanted Herbert. That’s the problem. He let it be known with his attitude that Tua wasn’t his QB.

    They should have listened. Maybe that’s why they fired him because Herbert looked pretty darn good last night.

    One thing I’ve noticed in all the comments about Flores’ firing. Everyone thinks it’s a dumb move. He’s a class act and he did a good job with what he had to work with. Miami will be lucky to find a coach as good as Flores. The dysfunction in the front office is their biggest problem–not the coach.

  15. Guy was 23-25. Definition of mediocrity. Good coaches turn around bad teams. He didnt. They had a stacked roster at that too.

  16. Flores’s biggest problem was he didn’t hire a great offensive line coach. The offensive line has been terrible for years.If you want to win you need a really good offensive line.

  17. Flores is a class act. His team did not give up on him. I’d hire him in a minute as a head coach.

  18. If he does not land another HC job this year, I am hiring him as my DC if I am the Patriots.

  19. solid character coach with no frills who fit the mold of trying to change the culture of a team. problem is, those situations always get a coach fired because they plateau and it’s a win now league. whoever is next up has a solid defense for sure but unless their offensive line and hamstrung game planning is solved they will continue to be mediocre at best.

  20. Under Flores the Dolphins beat bad teams and lost to playoff teams, his defenses usually choked and his offense was a disaster.
    Lets stop acting like the Dolphins just fired a playoff caliber coach.

  21. Great move by the Dolphins. This frees him up to get a job with an organization that actually wants to get better.

  22. Ross really made a huge mistake with this firing. It’ll certainly come back to bite him. I just can’t take anymore of the dysfunction this team offers.

    Go Jags!
    Go Bucs!

  23. As far as I`m concerned, Ross made a good decision by dumping Flores but also made a horrible decision by retaining Grier. Both should be gone, along with Miami`s entire offensive “coaching” staff. Ross should also make a final decision on Tua and stop letting that young man hang in limbo. Either keep him or let him go. If possible, wait until the Chiefs postseason ends, then go get their OC as the Dolphins` new HC.

  24. This firing will mark the beginning of the end of the ascension of this team. They were so close to being a contender. I just hope they trade Tua to a team like Denver so he can salvage his career.

    I honestly hope they trade for Watson so they can look back and understand they were on the right track and blew it chasing waterfalls

  25. The last coach, before Flores, to coach the Dolphins to consecutive winning seasons was Wannstedt. Lmao

  26. Good job Dolphins front office, you fired the wrong guy. Flores can only do so much with the players he is given. The guy getting the players is the GM, the guy you should of fired.

  27. It is awful being a Dolphins fan, just the worst. We can’t have one nice thing…

  28. I’m really torn between this one…. I watched like 3 gms we lost directly because of poor decision making… and then Jessie Davis….. wth is on this team?

  29. Apparently Coach Flo and G.M. Chris Grier weren’t getting along as well as everyone thought. It’s also rumored that employees at the team’s facilities didn’t particularly like Flores (too abrasive or serious?). The players played hard for him, but his biggest failure was not being able to assemble a good coaching staff and that’s the most important job for a head coach. It looks like Stephen Ross will keep his buddy Grier and have him continue to lead the team into mediocrity. .

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