NFL commends Brian Flores for commitment to winning despite Stephen Ross’ comments

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Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is currently suing the NFL, alleging discrimination toward Black coaches. But while the NFL is fighting that lawsuit, today the NFL commended Flores for his integrity.

That came in the NFL’s finding on its investigation of the Dolphins over Flores’ allegation that owner Stephen Ross wanted him to lose games intentionally to get higher draft picks. Although the league found that Ross did not violate tanking rules, it nonetheless said Ross made comments that could have been interpreted that way, and Flores coached to win even as his boss suggested that he shouldn’t.

“The comments made by Mr. Ross did not affect Coach Flores’ commitment to win and the Dolphins competed to win every game. Coach Flores is to be commended for not allowing any comment about the relative importance of draft position to affect his commitment to win throughout the season,” Goodell said.

Although there was talk during the 2019 season that the Dolphins were tanking, the NFL found that was not the case. The Dolphins started the 2019 season 0-7 but won five of their last nine games to finish 5-11, and the NFL found that the Dolphins were still playing hard late in the season, to the detriment of their draft position.

“The Dolphins did not intentionally lose games during the 2019 season,” the league found. “Nor did anyone at the club, including Mr. Ross, instruct Coach Flores to do so. No witness contended otherwise. The Dolphins competed hard to win every game, including at the end of the season when they beat Cincinnati and New England, despite worsening Miami’s position in the 2020 draft.”

As for the explosive allegation that Ross offered Flores $100,000 bonuses to lose games, the NFL doesn’t deny that those words were ever spoken, but the league does say Ross never made a genuine offer of paying Flores extra to lose.

“However phrased, such a comment was not intended or taken to be a serious offer,” the NFL said.

While the Dolphins have been docked a 2023 first-round pick and a 2024 third-round pick, and Ross has been suspended until October and barred from league meetings for the rest of the year, all of that comes as a result of tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton. As to the tanking, the NFL says that didn’t happen. Largely because of Flores’ integrity.

21 responses to “NFL commends Brian Flores for commitment to winning despite Stephen Ross’ comments

  1. This does not, however, clear Ross of any wrongdoing in regards to the circumstances of Flores being fired.

  2. What a crock. It’s obvious that the NFL punished Ross under the guile of tampering for his misdeeds to Flores. In both cases the Dolphins deserved more than they got

  3. Coach Flores was telling the truth all along. It will be interesting to see how his critics try to spin this.

  4. Only in the NFL can one unspeak a truth, unring a bell, and restore the toothpaste to the tube. Bravo!

  5. The Dolphins started the 2019 season 0-7 but won five of their last nine games to finish 5-11, and the NFL found that the Dolphins were still playing hard late in the season, to the detriment of their draft position.

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    Does that mean they are going to start fining teams that go on a losing streaks at the end of seasons? Otherwise, who cares? I guess that means Flores owns those 11 loses as well right? His record says he’s at best a late career Jeff Fisher then. For someone who has a sub .500 record and went through assistant coaches like toilet paper there’s alot of talk of everyone else being accountable, except him.

  6. The problem is the NFL’s language which is used to get around the definition of tanking which team owners and GM’s exploit. Tanking in their perspective is coaches and players intentionally not trying to win a game. Problem is when an NFL team tanks they do it by building a team that is purposely inferior to other teams so that even if they play their hardest they lose thus not breaking the tanking rules because the team is trying to win by that definition. It was found that the Browns didn’t tank either because Hugh Jackson was trying to win with the Walmart and Target employees that made up that team. Basically NFL says coaches get paid enough who cares if they get screwed over. It’s a shame because Flores was clearly a good coach on a bad franchise.

  7. So, all they have is a “he said” accusation, yet Watson has admitted that he made unwanted sexual advances with “his private part” and only got a 6 game suspension. You cannot make this up

  8. Wastson gets 6 games for what he did (so bad it can’t be put in print) and Ross gets a year and draft picks for talking to Tom Brady. Got it.

  9. >>>gibson45 says:
    August 2, 2022 at 12:45 pm
    Coach Flores was telling the truth all along. It will be interesting to see how his critics try to spin this.<<<

    That does not jibe with the NFL's statement: "'The Dolphins did not intentionally lose games during the 2019 season,' the league found. 'Nor did anyone at the club, including Mr. Ross, instruct Coach Flores to do so. No witness contended otherwise.'"

  10. Once again the good ole boy network is alive and kicking in the NFL. If they haven’t gotten rid of Dan Snyder, then Ross was never going anywhere… Two of the worst owners in the NFL. Ross will never win in Miami. He’s an absentee owner who spends six days a week in N.Y. overseeing his real estate empire and fly’s in on Sunday’s for the Dolphins games… Even Marino knows he sucks.

    I’m okay with penalty they gave Ross, but come on. Did anyone really think they would make him sell the team… And as much as I’m an ultimate Patriot fan, Brady has shown he’s a traitor speaking with them in 2019… Go ahead Tom, feel free to plant your flag in Miami. It’s a swamp and your flag will sink anyway… Just remember, you’re nothing without the Pat’s… We drafted you, we made you, and you’ll regret leaving us someday.

  11. The NFL didn’t dare find the Dolphins tanked as long as the Flores lawsuit is pending.

  12. So Deshawn Watson gets 6 games for 30 cases of sexual assault, Stephen Ross gets 6 weeks for tampering and asking coach to tank games, and the NFL suspends Calvin Ridley for 1 yr for betting on a game when he was injured? NFL is so backwards.

  13. I do not ‘commend’ Flores for anything. He is a loser as a HC and he is a liar. Prove me wrong (you can’t).

  14. Of course Flores was telling the truth, it’s just nothing will ever happen to an owner as most are doing bad things that they themselves may one day have to answer to. Billionaires club is alive and well.

  15. rasalas says:
    August 2, 2022 at 1:11 pm
    >>>gibson45 says:
    August 2, 2022 at 12:45 pm
    Coach Flores was telling the truth all along. It will be interesting to see how his critics try to spin this.<<<

    That does not jibe with the NFL's statement: "'The Dolphins did not intentionally lose games during the 2019 season,' the league found. 'Nor did anyone at the club, including Mr. Ross, instruct Coach Flores to do so. No witness contended otherwise.'"
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    "As for the explosive allegation that Ross offered Flores $100,000 bonuses to lose games, the NFL doesn’t deny that those words were ever spoken"

  16. beachsidejames says:
    August 2, 2022 at 1:19 pm
    Flores has better chance to be an Astronaut than an NFL head coach again.
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    And I think the batteries in your crystal ball needs changing.

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