“It was an honor to represent the franchise and lead this group of men”: Coach Brian Flores Releases Statement Following Dolphins Firing

Published 01/11/2022, 10:08 AM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores walks on the field prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports | Credit:Reuters


NFL franchise Miami Dolphins recently did part ways with coach Brian Flores after almost a 3-year association. The decision to part ways with one of the most promising coaches in the NFL has left fans head-scratching. In a move surprising many, it was also one which was very obvious in the modern iteration of the NFL.

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The NFL has always been a league that runs on connections. NFL expert Steve Wyche was once quoted saying, “coaches don’t often get fired for coaching reasons.” Wyche couldn’t have put it any better and it rings true unfortunately for coach Flores and the Dolphins. Brian Flores lost his dream occupation because of the deterioration of his relationships within the organization.

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As a young coach, he did work under Bill Belichick, one of the most successful head coaches in all of the NFL. His intense nature of operation does resonate with that of mentor Belichick himself. His record with the Dolphins is nothing to be just slept on, despite coaching them through their toughest years. In his statement, he says, “It was an honor to represent the franchise and lead this group of men.” A player’s coach, Flores does credit all of his successes to his players, in a display of class and humbleness.

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He leaves the Dolphins with a 24-25 win-loss record, which considering having no Pro Bowl or All-Pro player is commendable. It is surprising how quickly Flores went from hero to zero and how Dolphins owner Stephen Ross just stops supporting. Despite a slow start in his first year, Flores did lead them to win 5 of their last 9 games.

He also did give chances to many young players and all of them did display shock at his firing. While not all players were on his good side but those who were did come out the other side as better versions. The failure on the part of Flores was his lack of connection with GM Chris Grier and with QB Tua Tagovaiola.

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It was this failure that put him out of a job and not what his on-field performances were showing. It’s sad for several Dolphins fans who were riding high with coach Flores and his work. But once the plug gets pulled, it’s up to owner Ross and Grier to find the next candidate to lead them to even greater heights.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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