I know it’s not a big deal to most people, but the last few unqualified Dolphins head coaches have repeated the same word far too often, and it always bothered me. On the first day of practice, Brian Flores went there as well.
”I’m living the dream,” he said. ”It has been a learning process. Like the players, I try to learn and improve every day. This begins the phase I enjoy the most: coaching football. Today is a special day for me.”
I don’t want a coach who needs to LEARN coaching. I don’t want a coach who needs to LEARN football. I don’t want a coach who needs to LEARN player management, or anything else. It’s this non-stop carousel of Stephen Ross hiring guys who simply don’t know enough.
Seriously, go into your boss’s office tomorrow and tell them, “I need to learn how to do my job.”
The need to learn your job shouldn’t even exist. But if it does exist, be smart enough to shut your mouth about it. Dolphins players hear their coach say he needs to learn. How much confidence will they have in him? Even worse, Flores said he has to TRY to learn. He’s not even admitting that he can and will learn. No, he’s saying he has to try. How about coming in and saying, “I spent my whole career preparing for this day, and I look forward to the Dolphins following my vision.” Man, would I respect that! (Granted, that is hard for Flores to say because most of his “whole career” was behind a desk as an assistant in the H.R. department until 5 years ago).
Listen, I know using the word “learn” is a cliche and I am nit-picking. I’m not so much bothered by Flores saying it as I am bothered by the fact that our last two coaches said the exact same thing. Hiring a teacher who needs to learn is an awful idea. THAT is what Stephen Ross needs to LEARN, but that ship has sailed.