The Miami Dolphins looked like one of the worst teams in the NFL earlier this season when they got off to a 1-7 start.
Brian Flores’ work has been called into question, and fans have openly questioned if Tua Tagovailoa is a bust.
But that start didn’t define the season as the Dolphins finished 9-8 and just outside the playoffs with a Week 18 victory over the New England Patriots.
This seemed to indicate that Flores’ leadership plays a huge role in preparing her squad every week.
Ownership of the Dolphins seems to think otherwise as Flores was fired Monday morning after three seasons at the helm of the franchise.
Brian Flores is the head coach of the Dolphins, according to sources at ESPN.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2022
Flores went 9-8 in 2021 after a 10-6 season in 2020.
The problem here appears to be a power struggle between himself and general manager Chris Grier, who keeps his job.
Miami Dolphins fire Brian Flores and keeping Chris Grier is incompetence. Start at the top.
– Nick de la Torre (@delatorre) January 10, 2022
It’s the NFL’s most shocking Black Monday move and instantly puts Flores in the market as the best head coaching contender somewhere in the league.
Dolphins fire Brian Flores after winning season
NFL insider Ian Rapoport has opened up about how Flores’ sacking could even remove the Dolphins from Deshaun Watson’s draw this offseason.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2022
Flores replaced Adam Gase and while he didn’t make his team into the playoffs, back-to-back winning seasons in 2020 and 2021 aren’t exactly a severable offense.
The decision to keep Grier on Flores is also questionable as the manager was not selecting the players.
While there is concern that Flores will develop her picks, the talent itself must also be questioned.
Miami has been impatient with head coaches since Don Shula left after the 1995 season.
No coach has lasted more than five seasons, as owner Stephen Ross is continually looking for the coach who will bring his team back to the Super Bowl.
He may have to realize that winning in the NFL isn’t easy, and that it might be foolish to fire a head coach who suddenly becomes one of the league’s top contenders.