Miami sacked head coach Brian Flores on Monday following the Dolphins’ 33-24 victory over New England.
Flores produced a mark of 24-25 over three seasons while falling short of leading her teams to the playoffs.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross explained that he hadn’t seen the progress he expected from his side in 2021, which disappointed early on before nearly leading a seven-game winning streak to an unlikely playoff spot. playoffs.
“I made the decision today to part ways with Brian Flores,” said Stephen Ross, owner of the Dolphins. said in a team statement. “After assessing where we are as an organization and what we need to improve on in the future, I determined that the key dynamic in our football organization is not performing at the level I want it to be and I felt this decision was in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins. I think we have a talented young team in place and we have the opportunity to be much better in 2022. I want to thank Brian for his hard work and I wish him nothing but the best for his future.
Monday’s news may have been the product of a power struggle more than anything. The palpable frustration and tension between Flores and general manager Chris Grier has essentially spilled over with Flores’ sacking, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday, with Ross choosing his chief of player staff over coach over his. team had once chosen to attempt to bring the Dolphins out of the darkness of the late Adam Gase era.
Even with the details provided above, the shot was a surprise. Flores took the job in 2019 with a Dolphins team that was very on the move and seemed to only increase the difficulty of his return to relevance after Grier sent first-round tackle Laremy Tunsil to Houston and safety. first round Minkah Fitzpatrick in Pittsburgh during Flores’s first season. Grier ended up spending those picks on tackle Austin Jackson, who moved indoors to guard in 2021 after struggling to tackle as a rookie, and defensive back Noah Igbinoghene, another high pick who didn’t. hasn’t lived up to his bill in his first two seasons.
Miami then traded the second first-round pick it received from Houston (2021) to come back from third to sixth, spending it on productive wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, Grier’s top draft pick to date.
Grier’s biggest swing and miss came at the game’s most important position: the quarterback. Miami passed the fifth overall pick in the 2020 Draft on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who struggled to get comfortable as a rookie and paled compared to the quarterback selected immediately after. him, Justin Herbert’s 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year. While Herbert made the Chargers a contender in 2021, Tagovailoa struggled with several injuries before showing signs of improvement in his second season, after the Grier Dolphins spent the first half of the 2021 season in flirt with the Tagovailoa expedition and a major draft capital in Houston. for quarterback Deshaun Watson, which makes things a lot more difficult for Tagovailoa and Flores.
The quarterback’s instability didn’t help a difficult first half of the 2021 season in which Miami lost seven straight games after beating New England to open the campaign. Tagovailoa and Flores were forced to answer questions about Watson and the team’s future under center until the trade deadline, when Miami was freed from the uncertainty and changed their season, winning their next seven games to move up to 8-7. Much like how the Dolphins ended their 2020 season, their resounding loss to Tennessee in Week 17 ruined their chances of setting up an unlikely run to the playoffs, making Week 18’s victory over the Patriots. unnecessary, except for a moral boost. in the offseason.