Head coach Brian Flores was fired this past Monday by the Miami Dolphins. Flores led the Dolphins to a 9-8 record in 2021, which was his second winning season with the Dolphins.
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If one recalls, he led the Dolphins to a 10-6 record in 2020. Both years the Dolphins just missed the playoffs under Flores. This article will be about the firing of Miami Dolphins’ head coach Brian Flores.
Flores turned this Dolphins team around
The weird thing about the Dolphins’ firing Brian Flores is that he has basically turned a bad team into a playoff contender in three seasons. In 2019, which was his first season with the Dolphins, he led the team to a 5-11 season. This team was led by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is really a journeyman in the NFL. Fitzpatrick is known for having glimpses of greatness during the season but always falls off the map later on. They did not have a franchise quarterback at that time. They had multiple blow out losses during that season including a dreadful 43-0 blowout loss to the New England Patriots in week two of that season.
Fast forward to 2020, Miami got Tua Tagovailoa from the draft and added some weapons around him including Mike Gesicki. Tagovailoa did not have a perfect season, but he led an average Dolphins team at the beginning of the season with Fitzpatrick to a playoff contender towards the end. This was obviously a great turnaround from 2019. Flores and the coaching staff deserve some credit for that.
In 2021 the Dolphins are in the same boat. They have a winning record but just missed the playoffs. Could this firing be because Flores just has not been able to finish and get that desired playoff berth? If that is the case, then that is foolish because the Dolphins have been on the brink of a playoff berth for two years and would have probably gotten there if they kept Flores for another season. Now they must restart with a new head coach and all the challenges that brings to an NFL team. Despite these setbacks, the Dolphins could still win the AFC East, trailing the favorite Buffalo Bills.
Issues with Brian Flores and Tua Tagovailoa
The Dolphins have been tailoring Tagovailoa to be their franchise quarterback for the last couple years. It has been reported that Flores got into it with Tagovailoa during Miami’s Week 16 matchup against the Titans. This was a tough game for Miami as the loss dashed their dreams for a playoff berth. In that exchange, Tagovailoa claimed that Flores “Doesn’t know how how to talk to people”. Flores then fired back and said that Tua needed to “play better”. This was more than likely frustration from a bad loss, but it is notable cause the two have butted heads in the past. It was also reported that Flores did not have great relationship with general manager Chris Greir either.
Unfortunately, drama and not being able to get along could have been a factor in the firing of Brian Flores. It shows that the organization is dysfunctional and needs to be put back on track so they can look ahead to next season.
Should Flores have been fired?
Brian Flores should not have been fired. This was unexpected for just about every NFL fan. Yes, the Dolphins struggled mightily during the first half of the season, but they accomplished the best turn around in NFL history. They went from a 1-7 team during the middle of the season to a 9-8 team at the end. Why was this the case? Flores obviously started making adjustments and it seemed to have paid off. The Dolphins’ blitzing defense was one of them and that was the driving force to the Dolphins winning streak. In conclusion, the Dolphins made a mistake in firing Flores but that’s in the past. The Dolphins need to look forward to the future and find a replacement that will make this franchise successful. This concludes this article on the Firing of Miami Dolphins’ head coach Brian Flores