The Miami Dolphins are set to hire Patriots LB Coach Brian Flores as their next head coach, as first reported by Ian Rapoport. The deal will be finalized once New England’s season is over, as league rules prevent any official offers during a team’s playoff run.
Flores took over defensive playcalling duties after the departure of Lions head coach Matt Patricia, then the Patriots Defensive Coordinator, last off-season. The results have been mixed, but Flores has excelled in the most important statistic, finishing 7th in points allowed.
Flores started out as a scouting assistant after his playing career as a linebacker at Boston College, becoming an assistant coach in 2008. From there, Flores has been a defensive assistant, special teams coach, offensive assistant, safeties coach, and finally his current position as linebackers cocach. He is now the latest in a long line of Bill Belichick disciples to be lured away from New England, though few have resulted in much success as head coaches.
Miami is banking on Flores’ wide variety of coaching expertise to help lead the Dolphins back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and beyond. Former head coach Adam Gase failed to make the playoffs more than one season and never won a playoff game for the Dolphins, though he was able to win a Super Bowl as the Offensive Coordinator for the Broncos when they won Super Bowl 50.
Hopefully for Miami, history doesn’t repeat itself with Flores.
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