The Miami Dolphins shocked the NFL world on Monday by sacking head coach Brian Flores.
He posted consecutive winning seasons and was fired anyway.
The official word from the property was that bad relations ultimately doomed Flores.
But again, he was winning on the field.
One of the main points of contention within the organization seems to be the fact that the team drafted Tua Tagovailoa against Justin Herbert.
Yet that falls to general manager Chris Grier, not Flores.
NFL analyst Andrew Brandt made this point in a tweet.
The Dolphins drafted Tua ahead of Herbert and traded the Eagles a first-round pick to move up 6 spots.
But the head coach is fired.
– Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) January 10, 2022
The Dolphins first dropped to third overall, then moved up to sixth, sending a 2022 first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Miami then came in at No.5 overall and selected Tagovailoa, with Herbert coming off the table a pick later.
The latter has become the offensive rookie of the year and is shaping up to be a future star.
If Tagovailoa’s performance is a main issue then firing Flores and not Grier doesn’t make sense.
A difficult position in Miami
Any head coach candidate interviewing the Dolphins can now be skeptical that winning isn’t even enough to earn long-term commitment from the organization.
What if Grier was the problem with the relationship story?
I had a head coach who has no real control over the squad told me yesterday “I made a mistake deciding to coach, I should have been GM, a lot more safety of employment! “
Not the first time I’ve heard it take. https://t.co/3bvukhM2rp
– Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) January 11, 2022
There are a ton of questions and owner Stephen Ross is in the middle of all the drama.
His desire to land Deshaun Watson at the start of the 2021 season could have played a huge role in the team’s slow start.
A new head coach would need to be assured that he doesn’t have to immediately win a Super Bowl just to keep his job for more than a few years.
Still, if Grier proves safe through it all, the position is tough from the start.