The end of each NFL regular season brings Black Monday, where many coaches are fired and/or recycled. Every Black Monday brings a surprise or two, but this morning the Dolphins shocked everyone when they fired head coach Brian Flores.
Practically no one saw that one coming, especially as he just completed his second consecutive winning season.
Yet Miami felt Flores was no longer the right man for the job.
Brian Flores deserved, and deserves, better.
In his three seasons as the Dolphins’ head coach, Flores went 24-25. But that’s a little misleading due to the situation left to him by his predecessor, Adam Gase.
Gase, who ironically also had a three-year stint with the Dolphins, went 10-6, 6-10 and 7-9. In his final season, the team was at its lowest point and it was obvious he’d lost the locker room, so Miami sent him packing.
In stepped Brian Flores, a Belichick disciple who worked his way up with the Patriots from scouting assistant in 2004 to de facto defensive coordinator, minus the official title, in 2018.
After the Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII victory in 2019, Miami lured him to South Beach as the team’s first Black head coach.
In his first season, he focused on cleaning up the mess Gase left behind.
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