Miami Dolphins name Brian Flores, former Patriots linebackers coach, as new head coach

Posted at 9:46 AM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 16:43:02-05

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have named Brian Flores as the team's new head coach.

The Fins introduced Flores at a news conference Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after he won the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.

Flores was the team's linebackers coach, and helped the Patriots shut down the high-scoring Los Angeles Rams with a 13-3 victory in the title game.

"We're gonna do everything possible to win games and build the culture and build a winner here," Flores said on Monday. "I'll do everything in my power and work as hard as possible to make that happen."

"It's about winning, and looking to the long term," said Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. "I believe we have found that leader to take us into the future."

Flores was the first person the Dolphins interviewed after they fired coach Adam Gase on Dec. 31. They decided to offer the job to Flores on Jan. 11, but had to wait until New England's season ended to complete an agreement.

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.

The 37-year-old Flores, the son of Honduran immigrants, grew up in Brooklyn and has spent his entire coaching career with the Patriots. He joined them in 2004 and became their de facto defensive coordinator a year ago after Matt Patricia left to join the Lions as their head coach.

Flores, a former Boston College linebacker, also coached offense and special teams with New England. He has a long relationship with Miami general manager Chris Grier, who took charge of football operations in the recent organizational shake-up.

Both started as scouts for the Patriots, the Dolphins' longtime nemeses in the AFC East. Flores will report to Grier under the team's new, more streamlined leadership structure.

Flores becomes Miami's 10th head coach since 2004, including three interim coaches. He's leaving a team that won its sixth Super Bowl since 2002 to join a franchise that hasn't won a playoff game since 2000 and plans to rebuild after another dismal season.

The Dolphins went 7-9 in 2018 to miss the playoffs for the 15th time in 17 years. They allowed 6,257 yards, the most in franchise history, and the offense was also among the league's worst, finishing ranked 31st.

After owner Stephen Ross fired Gase, he ordered a roster overhaul and acknowledged it may take several seasons to build a winner. The revamp is likely to include the departure of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has been with Miami since 2012 but has never taken a postseason snap.