Miami Dolphins coaching teeter-totter sways back towards Flores
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins are the last team without a head coach and it appears that today the teeter-totter search is heading back towards Brian Flores.
Brian Flores has been an interesting candidate for the Miami Dolphins. There was a rumor or was it a report on social media, that Flores’ interview didn’t go well? Now there are those saying it not only went well but well enough that he is the top candidate.
That may be true as there is now a report, or is it a rumor, that the Cowboys are going to do what they can to keep Kris Richard in Dallas and another that says Richard wants to stay in Dallas. If that is true it would be a little disturbing.
Consider that if Richard was a top candidate or is one, and spurns that shot to stay on with the Cowboys as an assistant DC it would be pretty embarrassing. Of course it appears that Miami’s plan is for Flores. Tomorrow it could swing back the other way.
Earlier today it was announced that the Bengals will make former Dolphins OC Zac Taylor their next head coach when the Rams season finally ends. The rest of the teams searching for a head coach have already filled their vacancy’s.
Flores’ resume really isn’t that good and he comes from a head coaching tree that has only produced one head coach who has done moderately well. Bill O’Brien. Flores has been with the Patriots since 2004 when he joined the team as a scouting assistant. His rise took him to a pro-scout then in 2008 a special teams assistant and in 2010 he added assistant offense to his list. In 2011 he was a defensive assistant.
It wasn’t until 2012 that Flores dropped the “assistant” tag on his job titles and began coaching the safeties. A spot he held until 2016 when he took over the linebacker coaching duties. This year he replaced Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator.
The bigger issue with Flores is that he simply hasn’t produced anything special. The Patriots defense has always been o.k. It’s the Patriots offense that puts the points on the board while the defense simply doesn’t break.
The Patriots will host the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend and if the Patriots are eliminated Miami could make the announcement early next week. That is if the current trending rumors are true. Otherwise, that teeter-totter could swing back towards Richard.