Brian Flores to interview with Bears

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Fired by the Dolphins on Monday, Brian Flores may not be out of work for very long.

Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Flores is set to interview with the Bears for their head coaching vacancy.

Flores’ firing came as a surprise to many after the Dolphins finished 9-8 on Sunday. The club began the season 1-7 before ripping off seven straight wins to get to 8-7. Miami lost to the Titans in Week 17 to fall out of playoff contention but beat the Patriots in Week 18 to finish the season above .500.

Flores compiled a 24-25 record in three seasons with the Dolphins, going 5-11 in 2019 and 10-6 in 2020.

The Bears are also looking for a General Manager after firing both Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace on Monday.

62 responses to “Brian Flores to interview with Bears

  1. I cannot believe Ross fired Flores. He is an idiot. Good luck to Flores who will do well as NFL head coach.

  2. When Flo turns around the Bears Ross is going to look that much more incompetent. The Dolphins have lost Landry, Fitzpatrick, and Tannehill under Ross and Grier, the bleeding continues.

  3. It may be asking a bit much of George but please for the love that all is holy don’t hire a coach until the GM is in place…..

  4. Always hire the GM first instead of the other way around, much better chance of success.

  5. I still can’t believe the Dolphins canned Flores—remarkably stupid.
    The Bears will snap him up before the interview ends.

  6. Bears better not let him leave without an offer! Phins are gonna regret this firing for a long time.

  7. Hire him. He’s better than any coach the Bears have had post-Ditka. He can have input into the GM position, just like Reid and Belichick. Just don’t let him do both or you get Bill O’Brien/ Hue Jackson level mismanagement.

  8. The Bears have always been late on hiring coaches. They need to get Flores locked down fast. He’s a great coach for a team with a budding QB.

  9. Certainly not a fish fan but I wish Flores good luck in his next gig. Glad he’s out of the AFC east. I think he was building something in Miami. The owner is an idiot for letting him go but better for us.

  10. The tea leaves seem to say that Ross had to make a decision between Chris Grier and Brian Flores. I don’t think it had anything to do with Flores’s ability to coach. This may have been a power struggle. Ross picked Chris Grier. Ross may very well be wrong but taking the coach in a power struggle often doesn’t go well either. Certainly Ross does not deserve any benefit of the doubt.

  11. Both funny and telling how the opinions here in general NFL Fanland are around 90% against the Flores firing, but go to most Phins fans forums and the ratio is more like 70-80% FOR the Flores firing.

  12. If they let Flores out of there without locking him up they are just as stupid as the Dolphins for firing him….. I’m still blown away they did that!!! Just when I thought no team could be more messed up than the Jets, Miami PROVES ME WRONG….. so dumb!!!!!

  13. Having to decide power struggles between GM and coach is a reason you 1. Have the GM hire the coach and the coach reports to him, or 2. Hire a coach with total control.

    Seems to me there’s too many of these power struggles.

  14. Say this for the Bears, they are moving fast. Yes it would be typical and preferred to have the GM in place first and involved in the interviews but they are interviewing HCs and GMs in parallel. If that turns into another arranged marriage I would be iffy because that hasn’t worked out for the Bears in the past but there does appear to be a sense of urgency on their part that there hasn’t always been in the past. The big question is, how appealing really is the Bears gig (either GM or HC)? Opinions are all over the board on that.

  15. mrbigchest says:
    January 11, 2022 at 11:27 am
    that would be a disservice to Fields. Get him an offensive coach

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    Matt Nagy was supposed to be some offensive genius and that didn’t work out too well.

  16. I love how some of you are carrying on like the Fins fired Andy Reid. Flores won WHAT in 3 years here? Guy had nearly as many OC`s as wins.

  17. Because NFL owners are owners, they get to make stupid decisions w/out accountability. Don’t believe me? Snyder has turned stupid decisions into an art form in Washington. Fans there have been suffering for > 20 years w/ no end in sight! Firing Flores was a whopper of a stupid decision. I hope Flores flourishes w/ another franchise & Ross has to eat it for years.

  18. Da Bears like to snap coaches up with losing records! If old Flores was so great he would probably still be the Dolphins Coach! Grab him now before you hire a GM. Gee that makes no sense! As a Packers fan I will love this hire! Do it today!

  19. Every “obit” for Coach Flo talks about how he “turned around the team after a 1-7 start”, yet they all gloss over the fact Coach Flo also presided over the 1-7 start. Take a look at his 3 years in Miami – started 0-7, 3-3, and 1-7. If they gave out gold jackets for half-seasons, he’d be a HOFer. This is a bottom line business – and Flo wasn’t good enough.

  20. I do not understand the firing of Flores. I have seen it reported elsewhere that the reasons had to do with irreparable internal relations. That is troubling, as I have a strong positive opinion of GM Chris Grier.

    There is much more to this story than is being told. I don’t think you can hire Flores without knowing much more about that story than we know today.

  21. He won 7 of the last 8. Ross obviously didn’t like the direction in which the team was headed.

  22. Man, I dont know what happens behind closed doors in NFL front offices- but if I were an owner there would be no power struggles. You hire people to do their jobs, not to bully and try to strip away power from others. Its bad ownership/management in any field. If a coach is trying to take power away from the GM – see ya, and vice versa.

  23. The Bears fans clamoring for Flores shows they never watched the Dolphins games. Fitzmagic was the one responsible for the wins last year. Fitz and that attacking defense led by DC Boyer. But go ahead Bears– give Flores GM duties while you’re at it!

  24. colainsa says:
    “Take a look at his 3 years in Miami – started 0-7, 3-3, and 1-7. If they gave out gold jackets for half-seasons, he’d be a HOFer. This is a bottom line business – and Flo wasn’t good enough.”

    Do you really need to account for his first “tank for Tua” year?

  25. The head coach of the Bears will be irrelevant until the McCaskey’s sell the team to an owner that’s committed to winning year in and year out.

  26. I can understand interviewing kicking off early. Aren’t the Bears also interviewing GM’s? Perhaps they’ll interview in tandem – But I doubt it…

  27. I’d sure ask a ton of background questions on why Flores was fired in Miami. The Miami owner may be a dope, but there has to be some underlying stuff at play here.

  28. Flores had four different OC in 3 years, including going into this year with TWO Offensive Coordinators. Having two at one time doesn’t sound coordinated at all, and it wasn’t. They couldn’t run the ball at all, they couldn’t protect Tua at all and they paid $10 million for Will Fuller to play WR for ten minutes. Flores is a good coach, but he can’t or won’t find a good OC and let him do his job.

  29. You do not hire a HC to coach your young QB, that’s what OC and QB coach are for. A head coach sets the tone and culture of your franchise. Coordinators and position coaches coach, HC leads and directs.

  30. I know the NFL has rules about diversity interviews but that the Bears have already sent out feelers to everyone but the Pope indicates how lost on football that both George and Ted are. George also comes across in his press work as frightened of his own shadow.

    Ted: Where are you getting 3 billion for a new stadium?

  31. They just fired Nagy, who went to the playoffs twice, topped out at 12-4, and failed to develop a young QB. Why would they hire Flores, who hasn’t yet seen the playoffs, compiled a worse record than Nagy, and also failed to develop a young QB?

  32. Another arrogant abrasive ex NE coach, surprise surprise.

    They all try to mock belichick’s personality but thats not what made him what he is…game plans did. (And of course Brady to cover up his weak rosters)

  33. nerfedtackle says:
    January 11, 2022 at 12:07 pm
    mrbigchest says:
    January 11, 2022 at 11:27 am
    that would be a disservice to Fields. Get him an offensive coach

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    Matt Nagy was supposed to be some offensive genius and that didn’t work out too well.
    ——–

    a “good” offensive coach.

    Nagy didn’t even want to draft Fields. Then again he had high hopes for Dalton. So there’s that.

  34. His lack of addressing his teams deficiencies on offense is disturbingly similar to Lovie Smith.

    They should keep him in mind for the DC position.

  35. mrbigchest says:
    that would be a disservice to Fields. Get him an offensive coach
    ———
    The Bears just did that with Nagy. I dont think it works well, when you have an “offensive” coach who is trying to run the show and the offense.

    Its better to have a good Coordinator that can spend more time with the QB.

  36. directdriver says:
    January 11, 2022 at 12:42 pm
    colainsa says:
    “Take a look at his 3 years in Miami – started 0-7, 3-3, and 1-7. If they gave out gold jackets for half-seasons, he’d be a HOFer. This is a bottom line business – and Flo wasn’t good enough.”

    Do you really need to account for his first “tank for Tua” year
    ——————————————-
    . . . and the first half of this year when Deshaun Watson rumors had Dolphin Land clamoring for Tua’s head.

    A good portion of Flores’ losses were at least partially due to inept Miami brass.

  37. directdriver says:
    January 11, 2022 at 12:42 pm
    colainsa says:
    “Take a look at his 3 years in Miami – started 0-7, 3-3, and 1-7. If they gave out gold jackets for half-seasons, he’d be a HOFer. This is a bottom line business – and Flo wasn’t good enough.”

    Do you really need to account for his first “tank for Tua” year?

    ——–

    Ummm…you do know who the coach was when they decided to strip the team down and tank, right? Yes….Flores. He helped make that decision, so he can’t cry about the hand he was dealt when he’s the one who dealt the hand.

  38. jacqueseatch says:
    January 11, 2022 at 11:52 am
    Both funny and telling how the opinions here in general NFL Fanland are around 90% against the Flores firing, but go to most Phins fans forums and the ratio is more like 70-80% FOR the Flores firing.
    —————————————————————————–
    100% of Fins fans want Grier to be fired, and maybe 80% believe you should let a new GM pick his own HC. 0% of fans wanted Flores to be fired *and Grier to stay.*

    Now we just want Ross gone. If nothing else comes out of this at least the problem is clear to see. We have a Dan Snyder situation in So Fla.

  39. I’m hoping Mike McCarthy comes back to the NFC North………………………….

  40. Word was that Flores turned the Dolphins into such a toxic environment where players, coaches and support staff didn’t even want to come to work.

  41. Kind of surprised Nagy is still unemployed, with the Vikings in need of a head coach…….LOL

  42. Notice how the few players rising to Flores’ defense on social media are just a few fringe starters he brought up. The gamers (Tua, Waddle, Xman, Holland etc.) are staying mum.

  43. Here is hoping they are smart enough to realize the GM needs to be involved in hiring a coach. But, since it is the Bears. And they are already interviewing. That may be too much for this organization to understand.

  44. If the Bears are wanting to hover around .500 and wanting their putrid offense to continue then Flores is the right hire. You can play great defense all you want but if you can’t put points on the board consistently then you’re never going to contend. Especially having Fields at QB, he’s going to need consistency from the coaching staff. Flores went through how many OCs in his time in Miami and never figured it out? Be cautious. Everyone’s acting like the Fins let Don Shula or BB go. He’s a .500 coach. The Fins team was never considered a contender because of their putrid offense. If that’s OK by the Bears then hire away.

  45. Flores should be the top HC candidate right now. He would do great in Chicago. Ross is so dumb. As a Pats fan I’m so glad he’s out of the AFC East. Did I say Ross is dumb? Ross is dumb.

  46. Nagy is no offensive genius. They went 12-4 the first year playing a last place teams schedule and that was the best Nagy could do with them. Don’t know much about Flores, but even with the potential problems with hiring a guy who was a defensive coach much like Lovie Smith who would never hire a decent OC, I’ll take that over the next offensive “genius” , especially if they tell from the Reid coaching tree.

  47. As a Lions fan this chain of events that may put him in Chicago has made me want to cheer against the Dolphins or at least that idiot owner of theirs. I do not want this man in the division he is a tough winner and frankly perfect for Chicago. God I want to throw up this suckssss!!!

  48. Worst firing since Detroit fired Caldwell…

    Ok, maybe not that bad, but enjoy battling the Jets for third place, Miami.

  49. Miami hired Jim Caldwell to be assistent head coach, but he quit claiming health problems before coaching one game, when in fact it was because he found he couldn’t work with Flores. A lot of people found that out. The Dolphins always had a revolving door of coaches under Flores, including four offensive coordinators, two defensive coordinators, and four offensive line coaches in his three seasons on the job. They were 31st out of 32 teams running the ball, it was obvious the offense would never work as long as he stayed.

  50. “enjoy battling the Jets for third place, Miami”

    yeah, umm, that’s exactly why Flores got canned. Can’t keep losing 5-7 games in the 1st half of the season and expect to win anything.

  51. So Ross fired the guy at HC who wanted to draft Justin Herbert but kept the guy at GM who wanted to (and ultimately got his way to) draft Tua? Brilliant logic from the senile old man who owns the team.

  52. Coach Flores first hire for offensive line coach in 2019, was then fired 3 days in to training camp.

    True story.

    Coach Flores is a great defensive mind. But he struggled to bring in and maintain a NFL level staff on the offensive side of the ball.

    More stories are coming out of Davie as to why the dismissal happened. More talk of him thinking he was Belicheck, without the resume.

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