TL;DR news on Brian Flores at February 19, 2023
The work Flores had done to lift Miami out of irrelevance was undone with one untimely Week 17 loss, leading to his termination Monday. The owner pointed toward a lack of internal collaboration as the reason for firing Flores, who Ross felt could not work with Grier effectively enough to turn the Dolphins into a true contender. Ross will now work with Grier in identifying a candidate who can fulfill the job better than he believed Flores was capable of doing. Flores was asked after the victory against the Patriots on Sunday how he would sum up the season. Brian Flores issues statement In a statement issued to ESPN, Brian Flores said he wanted to thank the Dolphins for the opportunity to coach. Flores was hired in February 2019 and immediately began overseeing a rebuild. Dave Wannstedt was the coach that day; the coaches that have followed, in order, were Jim Bates, Nick Saban, Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, Todd Bowles, Joe Philbin, Dan Campbell, Adam Gase and Flores. Even before the final game of the season had kicked off, rumors once again swirled about the future of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, head coach Brian Flores, and general manager Chris Grier. After three years at the helm, Flores remains more talk than production. To put it into context, the team already has as many winning seasons under Flores as they had in the 11 seasons before his hiring. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross seemed to confirm Monday that Flores and Grier weren't collaborating successfully. That's why we're making a change." Flores is expected to be a prime candidate for head coaching jobs this offseason, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Rumors linking the Dolphins' vacancy to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh surfaced quickly after Flores was fired. Brian Flores will likely be back, as will Tua Tagovailoa. Flores, a former Patriots assistant who spent 15 years spanning three Super Bowl wins under Belichick, can join that group on Sunday.