I don’t see how Brian Flores isn’t back next year. He has shown to Ross that he knows what to do to make this team play winning football and has shown that whatever hand he has in draft picks isn’t always wrong.
Now Ross can easily say where was this approach, swagger, mantra the first two months of the season? Why can’t the team play like this in September and October? Those are fair points and ones that Flores can’t really answer besides saying “I will have them playing like this from the start.” I think that will sway Ross into keeping him.
I honestly don’t know if that’s what I would do. Flores still shows, what feels like every week, moments where he does something a smart person wouldn’t do. Like the challenge on the second play of the game. Everyone on the planet knew it wasn’t a fumble except for the Dolphin’s coaches and Flores. But he challenged anyway, and it was quickly upheld. Even Mike Pereira said that he has no idea why Flores would challenge that because of how obvious it was that it wasn’t a fumble.
That and I think he has a weird relationship with the players. To me, with all the Watson and Tua stuff that could have been a million times better, Flores has shown that he is a guy that is rarely straight up with the players leaving them in a spot where they don’t know where they stand. Not great management qualities.
But, the Dolphins have a really good chance of winning their next two games meaning they would have gone from 1-7 to 7-7, which is wildly difficult to do. Then there are three games after that and I really don’t think the Dolphins drop all of those games. This means, in my opinion, Stephen Ross will be giving Brian Flores at least one more year to do some real winning.