Brian Flores: Stephen Ross attacked the integrity of the game, standing up to him cost me my job

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Former Dolphins coach Brian Flores says that team owner Stephen Ross urging him to lose games on purpose was an attack on the sport of football itself, and that when Flores refused to go along with Ross’s scheme, the writing was on the wall for him in Miami.

Flores appeared on CBS this morning and said that his respect for the sport dictated that he would never tank a season, and that when Ross — who wanted the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft — offered him a $100,000 bonus for every loss in 2019, Flores rejected the offer and was subsequently cut out of

“I didn’t grow up with a lot and this game changed my life. So to attack the integrity of the game, that’s what I felt was happening in that instance, and I wouldn’t stand for it,” Flores said. “I think it hurt my standing within the organization and ultimately was the reason I was let go.”

Those are serious allegations that, if proven, ought to result in significant consequences for Ross and the Dolphins. It’s one thing for an owner to prioritize building through the draft over winning in the moment. It’s quite another thing for an owner to actively attempt to incentivize his coach to lose games. The players and coaches should be trying to win every week, and an owner who tries to influence his coaches or players to lose is, as Flores notes, attacking the very integrity of the NFL.

112 responses to “Brian Flores: Stephen Ross attacked the integrity of the game, standing up to him cost me my job

  1. This sounds like a legitimate point from Flores. If he brings down Ross then I’m sure many will rejoice. Just a shame he threw all the other stuff into his lawsuit.

  2. He’s probably telling the truth but without a money trail it’s “he said she said”. It’s the world we live in unfortunately.

  3. If the loss bounty is accurate (hopefully there is proof) it makes Pete Rose look like a choirboy compared to Ross. I’m a 70 year-old white guy trying to stay open-minded, but his story has too much overall truth to it to be ignored. The congratulatory tweets from Belichick who tapped on the “wrong Brian”” (Daboll, not Flores) PRIOR to Flores getting an interview sounds mighty damning.

  4. Dude some peoples legs ain’t fast enough and some peoples brains just ain’t fast enough !!!

  5. So why didn’t he quit on the spot? He continued to work for this owner and then was upset that he was fired from working for someone he didn’t respect?

  6. I believe this 100%. I don’t think players or coaches think that way, but is anyone really surprised that owners do?

    Having said that, the NFL will cover this up just like they have the WTF’s and Snyder’s misdeeds. “Protecting the shield” really means protecting the interests of the owners and the NFL’s profitability. They’ll never admit that Ross did this, even if we all know he did.

  7. About that. If the Dolphins would’ve got the first pick, it was going to the Eagles. Either the Dolphins are that dumb or Flores is up to something

  8. Completely agree. Flores should NOT have been fired. He was the best coach the Dolphins have had in 2 decades. Now tell us how that is racist? This isnt trying to be a clown, I am being serious, how is him clashing with ownership over the integrity of the game equal to “the NFL is racist”? Sounds more like he is just trying to take down the whole temple on his way out.

  9. If he had followed Ross’s advice the Dolphins would be preparing for a Super Bowl. The entire NFL is built on gaining a competitive advantage and marginal gains. Ross was doing what was best for his franchise, I have no issue with that and Flores can’t now claim the moral high ground 3 years later. If he was that offended surely he would of taken a stand at the time.

  10. The root of the problem here is the NFL awarding the #1 overall pick to the team with the worst record. Look how well the Bengals were awarded for that. While tanking is never ethically right, one could argue that Ross was trying to win by losing. This has become a greater problem with the QB position being so important now. If you don’t have a franchise level QB in today’s game you have no shot. Who would prefer going 4-13 over 1-16 and missing out on drafting a guy that could make you a serious contender for a decade or more? The NFL needs to fix the root cause of tanking.

  11. If memory serves me, did t the Dolphins move good players before the season and the trade deadline so there roster would be awful. Isn’t that what tanking should be. The GM makes the roster awful so you get higher draft picks. But the coaches and players still go out there to play and win the game.

    Good for Flores for not selling out and taking what is a payoff to lose games intentionally. It shows how Integrity he has,

  12. Follow the money. Legalized gambling and tanking can’t coexist. But then, illegal gambling and cheating shouldn’t have co-existed, either, but it did (hello, New England Patriots.) It will be interesting to see what comes of this.
    And it will be interesting to see what happens with points shaving in the NFL, too (hello, place kickers).

  13. He should be forced to sell the team, but that will be a secondary consideration to the coming federal investigation for fixing games.

  14. If true, the Dolphins’ 2019 season ticket holders should file a class action lawsuit. They were essentially told before renewing that the team was trying to win.

  15. Standing up to him cost him his Job, 3 years later? Come on, at least be a little bit introspective and see if perhaps there were other things you did that led to your termination?

  16. For those saying Flores should have quit that is wrong. Employees should not have to choose ethical behavior over employment. He should have reported it to the league office. They should have acted on it. The NFL has an obligation to provide safe ways for their employees to report misconduct and a requirement to protect them from retaliation when they do report.

  17. Raise your hand for all the times you just quit your job because you disagreed with your boss? Who does that without having another job?

  18. So thats what he was fired for. I thought the lawsuit said he was fired because of something else.

  19. Sad day for all. Flores seems to have made the decision he’ll never get another NFL job. Seriously who would hire him now? It would seem too now if he were hired, how difficult would it be to fire him. Flores may have dug too big a hole .

  20. Raise your hand for all the times you just quit your job because you disagreed with your boss? Who does that without having another job?

    Like the movie statement, some people can’t handle the truth. Some people in the NFL are wrong.

  21. o why didn’t he quit on the spot? He continued to work for this owner and then was upset that he was fired from working for someone he didn’t respect?

    Why should he give up his job by quitting? He probably thought if he won games it would work itself out. Most people won’t abruptly quit a job when issues arise, especially when it is their livelihood and mouths to feed.

  22. So….supposedly told to tank the 2019 season for the 2020 spring draft… yet was kept on to coach for 2 more years? Lost integrity but stayed on… something doesnt sound right there…

  23. If Coach Flores was retained as head coach of the Dolphins the $100,000 allegation would never have seen the light of day. If Flores was truly concerned about the “integrity of the game”, why not resign as HC and report this to the NFL as soon as it occurred? You can’t have it both ways.

  24. This all makes sense now. Flores was doing a good job with the limited talent he had. Two straight winning seasons. It made no sense that he got fired.

    To answer @tb12bestqbevah, because it’s extremely hard to ever get an NFL head coaching job. If he quit on the spot, he’d never get another one. His only hope was to win and win big, making himself unfireable.

    Think about the effect this will now have on the players. The players NEVER want to lose; they never want to tank. Now they know they have an owner that will actually pay a coach to lose! This story is huge, and could take Ross down.

  25. This isnt going to end well for Flores. If the story is true why not quit right then? Lots of questions here.If he was so upset by this he could have made a lawsuit then.

  26. Can you imagine the pressure to hire black coaches right now on the teams that haven’t locked anybody in yet?

  27. tb12bestqbevah says:
    February 2, 2022 at 8:22 am
    So why didn’t he quit on the spot? He continued to work for this owner and then was upset that he was fired from working for someone he didn’t respect?————————————–You make it sound like he could have just quit and gone elsewhere. This is not an accounting manager job, or Teacher. There are 32 NFL head coaching jobs in the world.

  28. Gee… Openly disagreeing with the owner of the company you work for, and refusing the owners request.
    Trying to embarrass the owner amongst his business peers. Accuse the owner of racism for any repercussions!

    Great way to keep your job! Great way to make yourself more appealing within your field!!
    And it’s all due to someone else’s bigotry!
    You’re amazing! Welcome to the field of high school coaching!

  29. tb12bestqbevah says:
    February 2, 2022 at 8:22 am
    So why didn’t he quit on the spot? He continued to work for this owner and then was upset that he was fired from working for someone he didn’t respect?
    _________

    Flores never said that he did not respect Ross. Rather, he said that Ross’s scheme was an attack on the integrity of the game. Flores did exactly what his ethics required him to do, he refused to give in to Ross’s demands. There was no reason for Flores to do anything further, and certainly no reason for him to quit.

  30. If Goodell tries to cheat and cover this up…..Where is Congress? Expand the investigation into these peripheral cheating excursions and framejobs of the Pats like we know what happened!

  31. To recap, Flores was hired to be set up as the fall guy for some terrible losing seasons to get the first overall pick. They stripped the roster bare and gave him very little talent with which to compete. But Flores wouldn’t go along with that and got his team to fight and eventually win. Everyone else from ownership to the GM were aligned except for Flores. He was the only one who actually wanted to compete and win not only because that is who he is but also because he probably realized it might be his only chance to he a HC in the NFL. If he went along he would have sabotaged his own career and not only broken league rules but also perhaps federal law.

    He is in the absolute right and will fight the good fight but I’d be surprised to see him as HC again in the NFL, the very same out come he was looking to avoid all along. At least this way he acted according to his conscience instead of having tanked seasons as his legacy. It’s truly sad and awful that these were the only 2 routes possible for him. He was done wrong from the start.

  32. heynow16 says:
    February 2, 2022 at 8:23 am
    Good for Flores! Integrity and courage!
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    “Integrity and courage!” Is that what you call not saying a word until after you’re fired?

  33. If Flores has the $100,000 per game offer in writing than that’s a smoking gun. If Flores does not have it in writing (or any other proof) that’s hearsay and Flores case will go nowhere.

  34. Definitely couldn’t have been the first team purposely trying to lose. Jets been doing this for years. Also, see 2011 colts

  35. Thats why Harbaugh has no interest in that job. He interviewed for it in 2011 and he got the sense that Stephen Ross was more about the entertainment aspect of football than winning games.
    Its like winning wasn’t sufficient for Stephen Ross. Ross wanted to win with style points. Winning had to look exquisite.

  36. Flores had damn sure better be able to prove his allegation. If not, the slander/defamation suit will bury him (as it should, IF he has no proof). If he has proof, and the NFL doesn’t require Ross to sell the team, which it won’t, the integrity of the entire NFL MUST be called into question – then again, they let Snyder get away with everything.

  37. Attacked the integrity of the game? Seems he wasn’t on the same page as his boss. Telling the boss how to run the company never works. Also telling the Broncos, a potenial employer, you’re racist isn’t going to get you a job. Seems like he’s an angry young man from the woke, cancel culture generation who just cancelled himself out of the game he says gave him so much. Sad because he would have been able to change the system more from the inside as a head coach.

  38. >> So why didn’t he quit on the spot?

    You don’t get to be a HC in the NFL by being a quitter. Many people face such situations at work. Sometimes you bend and sometimes you say no. It’s not like Flores is a weak willed person. When there are only 32 such positions in the world, why would you quit such an opportunity? Be realistic. Working for someone doesn’t mean they can make you do whatever they want. If they let you go, and they can, they own whatever blowback there is (legal, PR, or otherwise).

  39. tb12bestqbevah says:
    February 2, 2022 at 8:22 am
    So why didn’t he quit on the spot? He continued to work for this owner and then was upset that he was fired from working for someone he didn’t respect?

    ——————
    Quit on the spot and do what? Hop over to another NFL HC job?

    Until you find another landing spot, continuing to work for someone you don’t respect is life for most of us.

  40. Integrity would have been quitting on the spot and moving on to his next chapter, not hanging around waiting to get his severance check and piling up dirt for a lawsuit.

  41. It is not racist. And he took part in it. Very very lame dude is Flores. No wonder nobody likes him. Hypocrite

  42. This particular complaint has nothing to do with racism. Very difficult to argue that Ross would not have done the same thing if Flores was white.
    But I do believe Flores on this specific allegation. Flores is a complete pain in the neck but it would take a complete SOB to make something like this up. Flores to me does not appear to be that guy.
    Ross is clueless enough to say something like that and there is a chance that the allegation was heard by others or is on tape.
    Not racist. But shabby,
    Wondering as a 2019 season ticket holder if that qualifies me for a refund

  43. I’m not convinced Flores has a racial discrimination claim against the Phins, but let the suit play out, get the facts and we’ll see in which closet(s) the skeletons are hiding.
    Ross and Flores each have plenty of issues to worry about.
    An owner that recognizes sure franchise QB talent and wants to get him is smart, how he goes about doing that ethically is up for discussion.
    Flores staying with the team for 2 years after the “tank” allegations doesn’t ring true with his posturing of integrity.

  44. For those saying Brian Flores is making this up, the text conversation with Bill Belichick is part of the lawsuit filing. Just read it. The court will request phone text records. And why would someone throw their career away unless they have conviction all this took place knowing you’ll never work again in the league?

  45. The way I see it, IF Ross told Flores to “tank” the season to get the first pick in the draft, it’s because the NFL gives teams the opportunity to do that. So — the owners are going to have to figure out a way not to let that happen.
    One answer is a lottery for the #1 pick. Take the 10 worst teams in the league and let them draw their draft slot for the upcoming draft.
    In the NBA, everyone saw the 76’ers tank a season in order to improve their draft position, and they called it “the process”. Well, it looks like Ross is following what the 76’ers did. Do I see anything wrong with that? Yes. But do I blame him for wanting to get the #1 pick in the draft? No.
    It’s a slippery slope when you know your team stinks and you want to get the first pick in the draft.
    The one thing I do not like here is that Flores is only now telling everyone about it instead of when it happened. It makes it look like he has sour grapes because he lost his job. He should have stepped up at the time and told the NFL front office what Ross told him to do. Waiting until now to say it, he loses credibility, to me.

  46. What is amazing to me as a Miami Dolphins NFL fan; The Dolphins have had significant opportunity to draft a franchise quarterback without tanking or having owner Stephen Ross give incentive to lose games. However Chris Grier and Stephen Ross were unable to choose a franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert, instead selecting Tua Tagovailoa in the draft who is unable to carry the Dolphins as a franchise quarterback would.

  47. BFlo is a model of courage and integrity. The Phins, however, are now tainted as free agent/coaching destination—who wants to work for an owner who is so corrupt he is willing to trash the integrity of thegame?

  48. If proven true Ross should be removed from ownership and the team should be hit with major fines and loss of draft picks .

  49. I love Flores, but if he had any integrity, he would resigned immediately if there was any WHIFF that the OWNER, who is the backbone of the team, is pushing for losses and rewarding them. Airing all this out now that he’s out of a job shows a lack of aforementioned integrity. Flores has indeed risked his credibility and future for this, so his allegations can’t be taken lightly, but he needs to look in the mirror, because he allowed this to go on, when he could have blown the whistle MUCH earlier, if true, of course.

  50. Ross didn’t know enough about football to understand that management tanks, not players and coaches. GM Grier could be told to trade away valuable players, but you can’t expect to be able to order a coach to tank, even for money.

    We’ll be hearing a lot more, but it’s easy to understand why Flores didn’t report this to the Commissioner. Goodell is just the head lackey of the billionaire boys’ club of owners. He’s unlikely to do anything. The only thing that might motivate him to action is the fact that paying coaches to throw games is a problem now that the League has embraced gambling.

    It’s understandable why Flores didn’t quit. I’m sure he focused on his coaching, which is something he loves, and shut out the noise from Ross. He probably hoped Ross would come to understand the impropriety of trying to bribe a coach and, even if he didn’t, Ross would have the sense to know that Flores had a pretty big weapon against him. But Ross didn’t have the decency or the intelligence needed, and now here we are.

    I remember how surprised most people were when Flores was fired. The claims Flores makes provide a plausible explanation. Reading the complaint also paints a fuller picture.

  51. So why didn’t he quit on the spot? He continued to work for this owner and then was upset that he was fired from working for someone he didn’t respect?
    ====

    If someone suggests doing wrong, you quit ?

    Pretty sure he was collecting evidence and will present it in court

  52. So why didn’t he quit on the spot? He continued to work for this owner and then was upset that he was fired from working for someone he didn’t respect?…………… Because he would get paid his salary….duh if they fired him they still had to pay him. Only a fool would have quit and not get paid!

  53. This is the allegation I’m most interested in. Tanking is a subject nobody in the NFL wants to talk about.

  54. Don’t doubt Flores knows football, but he seems so angry that top management of any company or organization (NFL or other) might feel uncomfortable working with him. That’s the way biz works. In all professions, chemistry is evaluated in addition to performance.

  55. Their is no doubt that if what Flores is saying about the bribery by ross is legit, then ross has to sell immediately. The question i have is ,if flores is talking about integrity, this supposedly happened in 2019, why not speak out on 2019 rather than wait 2 more years? I think we all know the answer.

  56. Spare me. Flores is probably correct about the inequities in the HC hiring process, but this is BS.

    1. He had 2 full seasons as HC after this (and the alleged tampering incident). If he got his team to the playoffs, didn’t suffer through a 7 game losing streak when the team had sky-high expectations, and/or avoided getting completely embarrassed in 6 games against the Bills, he’d certainly still have a job.

    2. Everyone knew Miami was tanking that year and it was basically universally thought of as the right thing to do. It was common knowledge that Flores wouldn’t play along, and coaches & players should never be expected to. But if Ross actually crossed the line and offered a financial incentive to tank, and Flores is truly a man of integrity, he should have blown the whistle and resigned right then and there. Since he didn’t, this just comes off as sour grapes now that he’s been fired for not getting results as a HC. Did Cincy also tank to get Burrow? Did the Jets tank in 2020? Houston this past season? This happens often and it’s not a secret. Teams want a shot at the top QBs in the draft.

    3. If Ross was truly forcing Flores to tank (on the field), he would have mandated that Josh Rosen remain the starting QB. And he would have every right to do that anyway after investing a 2nd round pick.

    4. Ross has many issues as an owner, but empowering his football people is not one them. He gave Flores a blank check to build that team in whatever manner he wanted (and is paying a ridiculous amount of dead money to one-and-done free agents that Flores couldn’t coexist with) and allowed Flores to run second year all-pro player Minkah Fitzpatrick out of town (by the way, part of the reason Miami was tanking, was because Flores couldn’t get along with Fitzpatrick). Would someone who already had one foot out the door be given this type of authority over the roster and the owner’s checkbook?

    5. In Flores’ lawsuit, he says he wants to “increase objectivity of hiring/terminating GMs, head coaches, and coordinators”. Flores himself certainly didn’t do this. At least 7 coaches on his staff were fired within one year or less. Pat Flaherty, a long-time, well-respected O-Line coach (who was fired a few days into his first training camp) said that the reason Flores gave him for his firing was that Flores just had a “gut feeling”.

    6. What does this have to do with his lawsuit? It is a HUGE stretch to say that his race, plus his refusal to tank led to his firing. So adding this in to the lawsuit amounts to nothing more than Flores trying to get revenge on Miami for his firing. While this may have consequences for Ross, don’t forget that all of the players and coaches that Flores brought in to the organization and was supposed to be supporting, not sabotaging, are now going to be indirectly impacted by this as well.

  57. Without a recording of Ross saying it in detail there is no way to he said she said proof that sticks. What’s left is a long drawn out legal battle with the snake lawyers that filled Flores head to do this that make the real money. Everyone gets dragged in mud and Flores gets to coach H.S. football. Lots of bad players in this no question but to blow up the bridge when most if not all in the NFL are living like kings really shows how these guys are not as smart as they think they are.

  58. Thought Flores was smarter than this. Costing him any further considerations. Not a Kapernick equivalent. Kapernick used football for his political stances.

  59. I’m a Jets fan, a Giants fan, and a Dolphins fan and in general a football fan. I’ve come to the realization that God is punishing me.

  60. Love how the word integrity is being thrown all over the place. Does everyone REALLY think the NFL, or pretty much any sports league (maybe not hockey,) holds the upmost possible integrity? We all have this discussion every…..single…..season…. Last place team is tanking to get the first overall pick. To us its a sport. To owners, its a BUSINESS. Now, if the owner is tossing money at a coach to tank that is one thing, but for a team to make a conscious effort to tank to get a first overall pick, its then on the fans of said team to stop buying tickets, stop watching games, and stop buying apparel so that way the team truly suffers.

  61. nosaynj says:
    February 2, 2022 at 9:43 am
    Spare me. Flores is probably correct about the inequities in the HC hiring process, but this is BS.
    ——————————-
    Awesome, and the most complete post i have seen on the subject- 1000% agree

  62. the trumpkin voters sure know how to find their threads.

    for people saying ‘why don’t you just quit’, nfl coaches are under contract.
    you can’t just quit and go to another team. you could retire, or go to college program.

    also i think it misses the point- he did put his foot down and refused to tank or take extra money for that purpose. believe he had a winning record as coach (at least 2/3 seasons he did). if your boss offered you money to do something against the rules and you weren’t comfortable and said so, and your boss let it go… would you still quit?

    granted not sure he could prove that he was fired for this. but if you have similiar number of brain cells to our last president this might be too much nuance to consider.

    to me the mistaken texts from belichick are pretty bad for giants. hard to imagine how you can read those as proof that giants had already decided and were just interviewing flores to check a box (whether it was a discrimatory box, or just a CYA box is another question).

  63. tb12bestqbevah says:
    February 2, 2022 at 8:22 am

    So why didn’t he quit on the spot? He continued to work for this owner and then was upset that he was fired from working for someone he didn’t respect?

    —-

    The same reason almost everybody else in the workforce does, they’re getting paid and saying anything is essentially a career killer. There’s a HIGH chance that there are people in this comment section that have witnessed and/or been told to do unethical things at their current employer and still haven’t quit but will complain to their fellow coworkers who are in agreement on it being wrong.

    We all know it’s true. These things don’t change just because it’s the NFL.

  64. I don’t believe ticket holders will be entitled to a refund even if this is proven. Past lawsuits have shown you are not entitled to a fair legitimate game when you buy a ticket.

  65. burlingtonbills says:
    Kind of a big deal since the NFL is in bed with sports books now.
    ————–
    A bad team tanking isnt an issue, because its already expected and adjusted for.

    It is an issue is if a good team throws a meaningful game.

  66. I’m disappointed: because Belichick got drawn into another off-season controversy, hardly of his making.
    Last year he made news with big signings – a positive note after years of off-season scandal. Now this.

  67. Paying someone to lose games is really bad. Like breach of the franchise agreement, be forced to sell your team bad. It’s one thing to field a weak roster and try to win the game, but maybe you lose and get a better pick. That’s still fair from a betting perspective. Paying someone to lose is like fixing games. You could make millions in Vegas. This is a disaster. Even worse for Hue Jackson and Haslam if Jackson was accepting the payments.

  68. I believe there is something to this law suit even if it is stopping sham interviews which the NFL should try to do anyway.

    However, there was something about the morning segment interview that was odd. Around 4 min in, Flores attorney says that they knew before the Giants interview that Flores wouldn’t get the job and they were drafting the complaint (and apparently on that day they CBS for an interview). I understand being prepared to file, but it seems like Flores didn’t go into that interview in good faith either.

  69. Caesar will not be happy about this.

    What a minute. Didn’t the Dolphins start out like 1-7. Why pay for something Flores was doing for free?

  70. 1. Flores can prove the tanking allegation w/o having it in writing. It’s not hearsay — for one thing admissions of the defendant are always admissible. And Flores’s testimony is enough for a judge to let a jury decide the issue of who said what. If I’m Ross I don’t like the chances that a Manhattan jury believes me over Flores. Also, there may be a lot of other evidence corroborating Flores’s story — e.g., other people who heard Ross say similar things etc. And God knows what it’s in Ross’s emails and texts.

    2. The idea that Flores should have quit on the spot is harsh. He didn’t take the $, and he stuck with his team and kept trying to win games. How can that be wrong? Lots of us work for bosses who are scumbags; you just keep your head down and try to make the best of it.

    3. The tanking thing is relevant to the race discrimination claim because it goes to whether Flores was fired for legitimate reasons (i.e., for not winning enough games and for having bad relationships with management and ownership).

  71. So I do believe Ross wanted to pay Flores for losing and fired him due to his response. Seems a little far fetched but believable. My question is how did we go from that to “it’s all because I’m black”??? Seems this is just a lawsuit of anger and everything he’s mad about has been thrown in. Doesn’t seem to be any connection between the two. And if it was so offensive to Flores as a person, why did he work for the organization for another 3 years and not say a word until he was canned? Seems it wasn’t that objectionable until the money went away. And people are actually saying he’s got integrity and courage. It would have been courageous to do in in 2019, but to speak up only after being terminated is not courageous at all.

  72. if Ross/Haslam were willing to pay the coach for losses, how about paying players under the table for losses. Boost their salary to make some minor mistakes that result in losses. Particularly lower salary kind of players. Maybe miss a FG, miss a punt, muff a punt return. Once you offer up a monetary incentive to lose, who knows what happens.

  73. Hard to believe just over a month ago I sat in the Superdome & watched Flo’s team win their 7th straight & headed to Tennessee with control of a playoff spot…Then he gets surprisingly fired everyone cant believe it he seemed to be a hot candidate …now i wonder if he will get another chance?

  74. bullcharger says:
    February 2, 2022 at 10:38 am
    if Ross/Haslam were willing to pay the coach for losses, how about paying players under the table for losses. Boost their salary to make some minor mistakes that result in losses. Particularly lower salary kind of players. Maybe miss a FG, miss a punt, muff a punt return. Once you offer up a monetary incentive to lose, who knows what happens.

    ————

    For example, the Patriots blocked 2 punts in the game @ Miami in 2018. That was when Gase was there, but that’s an easy way to guarantee a loss. Don’t block someone on a punt.

  75. First of all Brian Flores,nobody knows that Ross did what you are saying. You’ve provided no proof. Second of all why would Ross need you to throw NFL games? If he wanted the first pick in the draft that bad,all he had to do was tell Grier to trade more players away,he could have done that right up to the trade deadline. Not hard,just call Grier and say I want more draft picks get on the phone and trade players away.
    Flores better have proof, he’s slandered an NFL owner so he could find himself sued.

  76. Paying to tank if true is the best case yet to have a minimal lottery selection for picks so as not to guarantee the worst record with the first pick in the draft. I wouldn’t go the NBA route with so many teams in the lottery but maybe there should be a drawing for like the five worst teams. It may not be the top pick but the 5th pick is still a good selection for a team with the worst record to have. And that’s if you came in last in a lottery. Worst case would be the 5th pick.

  77. heynow16 says:
    February 2, 2022 at 8:23 am
    Good for Flores! Integrity and courage!
    ——————————————————————————————–
    That might be true , I don’t know him well enough to say for sure . But I do know I would have more respect if he spoke up 3 yrs ago about what he claims was a sham interview with the Broncos . I would have more respect for him if he didn’t continue to cash his checks , stay silent and keep his job after Ross supposedly wanted to bribe him to lose games . I would have more respect for him if he would have left the pier when the QB he claims Ross wanted him to tamper with was going to show up , called a press conference to announced his resignation because Ross demanded he tamper with a QB . I would have more respect for him if he didn’t say this after getting fired

    “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,” Brian said in a statement for EPSN.He continued, “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 players, the staff, and the organization every day. I believe in this team and will always value the relationships my family and I made here.”

  78. Quite a coincidence that Flores’ integrity kicked in at exactly the same time he was fired.

  79. Fernando Tatas says:
    February 2, 2022 at 8:25 am
    Completely agree. Flores should NOT have been fired. He was the best coach the Dolphins have had in 2 decades. Now tell us how that is racist? This isnt trying to be a clown, I am being serious, how is him clashing with ownership over the integrity of the game equal to “the NFL is racist”? Sounds more like he is just trying to take down the whole temple on his way out.
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    The hiring process is what’s racist, not the Miami tanking scheme.

  80. S let me get this straight. A guy who had one of 32 jobs in the world who was fired and subsequently interviewed for other openings but did not get one is now saying the NFL discriminates? You had one of the jobs!!! Just because you are interviewed doe not mean you will get hired! Just because you are interviewed and are of color does not obligate an employer to hire you!! All these bogus lawsuits do is get lawyers paid and make it harder to move forward.

  81. This is now interesting. If what Flores is alleging about the tanking, then this would have taken place in Yr 1 of his tenure. He flat out refused according to himself and his lawyers, wouldn’t compromise his integrity and then worked for the same organisation and Boss for another two years before getting fired.

    Are there more integrity issues to be added?

    As we are on the subject of integrity, the Dolphins hired someone who was never a HC in the NFl, who in the interviews would have had to talk about staff and perhaps whom he would bring/hire and then fires the OL Coach 4 days into training camp.

    Not to mention that there was no stability in staff both offensively and to a lesser extent defensively in his 3 years.

    ?????????

    Good coach! But the more he talks, the more I have difficulty believing that he would have been a successful long term HC for any organisation.

  82. touchback6 says:
    February 2, 2022 at 9:10 am
    If Goodell tries to cheat and cover this up…..Where is Congress? Expand the investigation into these peripheral cheating excursions and framejobs of the Pats like we know what happened

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    Congress? Please child…. Congress can’t even do their own job and now you what to involve them in this?

  83. Tanking isn’t so easy. It takes a lot of people to make it happen, not just head coach. I call BS!

  84. The tanking allegation may make it even harder for the NFL to agree to settle. I can imagine a settlement that makes the discrimination claim go away — Flores gets $ plus NFL promises to change hiring practices. But the tanking allegation would make such a settlement look like the NFL is buying Flores’s silence on an integrity-of-the game issue.

  85. While I can’t stand Ross as owner, as he has made many poor hiring decisions over the past 10 years, I don’t believe Fore’s at all. He had cart blanche to do what he wanted and burned through so many coaches that eventually no one wanted to work for him. Yes, he did well for what he created, but his personality was too abrasive to succeed. Please just hire a good GM and HC Ross or sell the team please.

  86. Robert Mitchell says:
    February 2, 2022 at 11:02 am
    Dude drafted Tua over Herbert

    6 2 Rate This

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    No, he didn’t. Ross/Grier did. Flores was not happy with Tua.

  87. touchback6 says:
    February 2, 2022 at 2:03 pm
    Robert Mitchell says:
    February 2, 2022 at 11:02 am
    Dude drafted Tua over Herbert

    6 2 Rate This

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    No, he didn’t. Ross/Grier did. Flores was not happy with Tua.

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    Ah, wrong! Brian Flores signed off on Tua. There isn’t one player on the Dolphins roster that Brian Flores didn’t approve of. It wasn’t until he saw Tua play that he decided, “We can’t win with this guy.” If Brian Flores disagreed with a player Chris Grier wanted to bring yo Miami, it didn’t happen.

  88. If Flores is a man of integrity, why didn’t he do all of this when Ross initially offered him the bribe three years ago? He had to have known his fate would have ultimately ended up where it did. Instead he struggled to assemble a quality coaching staff, was abrasive and controlling towards the people he worked for and for him and his teams never could really compete with the top level teams in the NFL. It looks more like sour grapes than someone who is a champion of the repressed.

  89. Flores want to be looked at a such a stand up guy why did he keep his mouth shut in 2019 now he has no job he is running off the page

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