In the worst-kept secret in sports history, the Miami Dolphins officially named Brian Flores as head coach.
As has been reported for about a month, the Dolphins chose Flores early on but had to wait to make it official because of league rules. I will point out one last time that I question this decision. Flores came up as an administrative office assistant in the scouting department just a few short years ago, and I question his experience. I also question his role in the Patriots defense. Just ask Matt Patricia, Steve Sidwell, Romeo Crenell, Dean Pees…they will tell you how easy it is to be a Championship defensive coordinator when it’s really Bill Belichick’s defense. BB wins Super Bowls no matter who “coordinates” his defense.
That being said, I’ve said my piece and it’s time to move on.
I watched Flores’ press conference and studied every interview I could find over the past few days. There are some good things to like about Flores.
First and foremost, I like his humble nature. He’s not out there to tell you he is smarter than everyone, like Adam Gase did from the very get-go. No, Flores has some humility about him, but you can sense his confidence too. I’m eager to see him take that confidence out onto the field.
He said he didn’t want to rush a head coaching job, but wanted to wait for the right time. I believe that. I don’t think anyone else ever offered him a head coaching job before, and he certainly had no other jobs to turn down this year, but still he wasn’t out there trying to circulate his name as a candidate, He waited for the right time and allowed himself to be contacted, instead of reaching out.
His football philosophy seems strong and sound. I think it’s a bit cliched when he repeatedly talks of “team first” and things like that. But for the most part, he does seem to understand all the moving parts and all the egos that go into making up a team. For example, if Reshad Jones or Jay Ajayi or Jarvis Landry are acting up because they want to win, then I get the feeling that Flores will sit them down to discuss it with them. He won’t suspend them or trade them like or pal Adam Gase.
He has a winning attitude and a lot of experience with winners. That has to rub off and count for something, right?
He seems honest in how he evaluates the Dolphins. He didn’t say we are one or two pieces away. But he didn’t say we are awful either. Just a few weeks ago, his defense lost to the Dolphins, so he knows we’re not a bunch of scrubs. I look forward to how this plays out. How much input will Flores have in talent evaluation vs. how much say does Chris Grier have.
I must say one last thing, since it’s come up repeatedly here on our blog, that I was glad to see race and ethnicity kept out of it so far. Ross did not mention the black GM/HC combo, so that tells us that Flores was hired for the right reasons: because he is an outstanding coach. Beforehand, I feared Ross was on one of his p.c. crusades, but it appears not. He chose the right man for the right reasons, and that’s another bright sign for the Dolphins.
The NFL business year opens pretty soon, then we’ll see what becomes of Ryan Tannehill and everyone else. Keep checking back for updates, and we’ll keep discussing things in our comments.
Also, this just in: The Rams may actually add another play to their playbook next year!! Maybe they realized that running the same 2 or 3 predictable plays every single play in a game is not a good idea. Ya think?