MIAMI — After beating the New England Patriots 33-24 on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins players ran off the sideline to celebrate and then took one last joyous jog off Hard Rock Stadium’s field. They were not playoff bound, but they were extremely proud of finishing the season with 9-8 after going 1-7 in November.
Brian Flores, Coach of the Patriots, was not asked about his job security. He was asked how it felt to sweep his old team, the Patriots. He was asked what it was like to finish the season at 8-1. He was also asked how confident he is in his ability to build for 2022.
He was not worried about his job security. Although he was expected next season to be in one of the most popular seats in the NFL it would still be his seat.
Flores declared Sunday that “Right now, my thoughts are kind of enjoying this win,” “The offseason, those things are things that will start to get us into the future. For now, just enjoy the moment.
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Twelve hours later, Flores was fired. Stephen Ross, Dolphins owner, stated that Flores had not been collaborating at the organizational level necessary to sustain their success.
Ross stated that an organization can only function when it is collaborative and works well together. “And I don’t believe that we were actually working well together as an organization.” [the way]It would be necessary to win consistently at the NFL level.”
Surprised, the firing came as a result of Miami’s 8-1 win, which tied the Kansas City Chiefs for best NFL record during that period. The Dolphins are also first NFL team to finish 1-7 with a winning record. Flores’ three year tenure in Miami ended with a record of 24-25 and no playoff appearances. However, it also produced Miami’s first consecutive winning seasons.
Ross said it was just a façade.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Ross’ decision was based on relationships. Flores inability to sustain them. His time with Dolphins was marked by constant turnover, including two offensive coordinators each year, four offensive line coaches and two defensive coordinators.
Ross picked a side in the decision to keep Chris Grier the general manager. Flores’ glowing assessment of Grier’s roster serves as an indictment about Flores’ ability and willingness to extract the best from it. That’s a mistake that the Dolphins’ next coach won’t be able to afford.
Priority one is to fix what was a poor offense in 2021. Only passing yards per contest (17th) or third down conversions (13/13th) were the categories Miami was better than 21st. The team’s next coach will have to deal with this problem. Miami has not had a top-10 offense since 1995. This is the longest NFL drought by 12 years.
This begins by deciding what to do for quarterback TuaTagovailoa. He was efficient in his first season, but unspectacular in the second.
After hearing that Brian Flores was fired by the Dolphins, Get Up Crew shared their surprise.
According to reports, Flores’ relationship was strained with Tagovailoa as the second-year quarterback battled rumors about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Wilson’s interest. Watson asked for a trade in January, before 22 civil lawsuits were filed against him. Ross stated that the quarterback position was not involved in Flores’ decision to fire him, but that does not mean Tagovailoa (the fifth overall pick in 2020) will not be a major concern for Miami’s next coach.
Ross said, “As you know, I have a lot faith in Tua. But it will all depend on the next head coach… the direction he wishes to take at that place.”
Flores, who was instrumental in this performance, allowed the Dolphins to allow the second-fewest league points over the final nine week. The defense also allowed fourth most points per game in the first eight weeks of the season, which was when Miami went 0-7. It was someone else who had to be held responsible.
The Dolphins had a streak of 15 seasons without losing a single game. Since then, they’ve been able to finish above.500 five other times. Nine coaches have been hired as interim or full-time coaches to help them end the cycle. It’s almost like creating its own cycle.
This offseason, the cycle starts all over again.