The Miami Dolphins are reportedly close to hiring New England Patriots linebackers coach and defensive assistant Brian Flores as their new head coach, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Miami can't officially hire Flores until the Patriots' season ends, but Miami has every intention to hire him, per Rapoport. The 37-year-old Flores has been with the organization since the 2004 season, starting out as a scouting assistant before moving up to a defensive coaching position.
The Dolphins fired head coach Adam Gase two weeks ago, following a disappointing 7-9 season. It ended a three-year tenure in South Beach, highlighted by a trip to the postseason in 2016.
Gase has since been introduced as new head coach of the New York Jets, so the Dolphins are following suit in hiring a coach from within the AFC East division. Flores has been on staff for the Patriots' last three Super Bowl championships, so the resume speaks for itself here.
The Dolphins are expected to move on from quarterback Ryan Tannehill after this season, but the main priority is to fix a terrible defensive unit. Miami ranked 29th in yards (391.1 allowed per game), and 27th in scoring defense (27.1 points allowed per game). Thus, the hiring of a defensive-minded person in Flores makes all the sense in the world here.
Miami has made the playoffs just once since the 2009 season, and with ownership rightfully growing impatient, a shake-up on the coaching staff is necessary. Adding Flores - part of the Bill Belichick coaching tree - might do the trick in saving this franchise.
What This Means
Hiring a defensive-minded coach in Flores is the first step for Miami. Now, the goal is to find a suitable quarterback that can replace Tannehill, and the proper players that will be able to succeed in Flores' coaching system.