Brian Flores out as Dolphins coach; owner Steve Ross addresses move, Grier, Tua, Watson

The Miami Dolphins fired coach Brian Flores on Monday.

Flores was 24-25 in three seasons leading the Dolphins, and did not have a playoff appearance after falling a win short each of the past two seasons.

“I made a decision today to part ways with Brian Flores,” said Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross in a statement shortly after the move was announced. “After evaluating where we are as an organization and what we need going forward to improve, I determined that the key dynamics of our football organization weren’t functioning at a level I want it to be and felt that this decision was in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins.

“I believe we have a talented young roster in place and have the opportunity to be much better in 2022. I want to thank Brian for his hard work and wish him nothing but the best in his future.”

The Dolphins are not moving away from general manager Chris Grier.

After releasing the statement, Ross addressed the media over web conference call. He started by thanking Flores for his three seasons with the Dolphins.

“He’s a very good man, and I wish him the best,” Ross said. “I’m sure we’ll see him again as an NFL coach.”

Maybe his most telling statement on his thought process: “An organization can only function if it’s collaborative and it works well together.”

Ross said he did not feel the Dolphins were collaborating well enough to win consistently under Flores, and he declined to comment if he had heard anything about players not wanting to play for Flores.

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“I’ll take all responsibility,” Ross elaborated on his thoughts about the organization’s level of collaboration. “I am the owner of the team. If it’s not working, it’s really up to me, and this is why we’re making a change.”

Ross said he did not make the move with another coach in mind, including University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, whom he has been linked to in rumors.

“We’re going to do a thorough review and interview process,” said Ross, a Michigan alum who recently had the Wolverines play at Hard Rock Stadium in the Orange Bowl and College Football Playoff semifinal on Dec. 31. “I’m not going to be the person that takes Jim Harbaugh from the University of Michigan. I hope he stays there. He’s a great coach.”

Ross said quarterback decisions played “no role” in the decision. Flores and Grier drafted Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 5 pick in the 2020 draft.

“I have a lot of confidence in Tua. The next head coach will work with him — or whoever else,” Ross said. “I have watched him grow. I think he’s a fine young man.”

He added he has “no plans” of reigniting trade talks for Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson, who did not play this season amid 22 civil suits alleging sexual misconduct with two that allege sexual assault. Ross indicated those decisions will be up to the next coach.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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