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Brian Flores, Miami Dolphins coach after 3 seasons

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – Back-to-back winning seasons weren’t enough for Brian Flores to keep his job as coach of the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins sacked Flores on Monday, a somewhat surprising move that came less than 24 hours after the team finished a 9-8 season. Flores went 24-25 in his three seasons at Miami, having not made the playoffs in any of those seasons, but finished this year with eight wins in the last nine games.

“I made the decision today to part ways with Brian Flores,” said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. “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.

Ross is a Michigan graduate and the largest donor in university history, and the Dolphins may view Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh as one possible candidate to take over.

Flores was hired in February 2019 and immediately began overseeing a rebuild. Miami started 0-7 in its first season, 1-3 last season and 1-7 this season. But he’s always found ways to improve as the season progresses, going 20-8 in games played in November, December and January under Flores.

“Credit goes to the players, to the coaches,” Flores said after Sunday’s 33-24 win over New England, a win that ended the Dolphins’ first sweep against the Patriots since 2000. “I’m still going. feeling like and wishing I could have done more. And our guys worked hard, players and coaches, obviously our support staff. It’s a special group. I’m happy, I’m proud to be a part of it.

The next morning, he was no longer one of them.

Miami’s next coach will be the team’s 11th since its most recent playoff victory on December 30, 2000. Dave Wannstedt was the coach that day; the coaches that followed, in order, were Jim Bates, Nick Saban, Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, Todd Bowles, Joe Philbin, Dan Campbell, Adam Gase and Flores.

“I think we have a talented young team in place and we have the potential to be much better in 2022,” said Ross.

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