New England Patriots defensive playcaller Brian Flores will lead the Miami Dolphins into a new era as their head coach, the team announced Monday.
Dolphins general manager Chris Grier, in charge of his first coaching search, sought someone with similar beliefs of how to build a contender.
He decided on Flores, the 37-year-old Patriots de facto defensive coordinator who started his career the same way as Grier — as a New England scout. That Patriots connection likely played a significant role as the Dolphins seek a way to dethrone their longtime rival.
Flores was the first person the Dolphins interviewed after they fired coach Adam Gase on Dec. 31. The New York Jets hired Gase as head coach 12 days later. The Dolphins decided on Jan. 11 to offer the job to Flores but had to wait until New England’s season ended to complete an agreement.
“I wasn’t in a rush to become a head coach,” Flores said. “I had a good job in New England.”
While preparing for the Super Bowl, Flores also began to hire a Miami staff. The group is expected to include former Colts and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell as assistant head coach, Patriots receivers coach Chad O’Shea as offensive coordinator and Packers assistant Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator.
“Two things that stand out immediately when you meet Brian are his football intelligence and leadership skills,” Grier said in a statement. “Brian is widely respected throughout the NFL. He paid his dues in New England working in personnel, on offense, defense and special teams, which helped him build a great understanding of what it takes to win.
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SOURCE: ESPN, Cameron Wolfe