Unfortunately, since I have to waste my days trying to make a difference in public education, it feels like days have passed since the news broke, but Brian Flores is no longer the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
It's Black Monday in the NFL, and everybody knew Matt Nagy and Mike Zimmer were dead men walking, but the sacking of Brian Flores has me straight up shocked. At the same time, can a move by a dumpster fire organization truly shock someone? In this case, yes!
In three seasons with the Dolphins, Flores went 24-25 but posted back-to-back winning seasons in 2020 (10-6) and 2021 (9-8), something the Dolphins hadn't accomplished since 2002-03. Let's not forget that people thought the 2019 Dolphins would go 0-16, and Flores got that team to finish 5-4 after an 0-7 start. I don't think you can hold that season's record against him. If anything, it was super impressive. People forget his Dolphins beat the Pats at Gillette in Week 17 to knock them out of the 2nd seed after losing 43-0 earlier in the year. Flores went 4-2 vs. Bill Belichick during his Dolphin tenure.
As a football guy, I think this is a super fucked up move by one of the most overrated organizations in not just sports but all of humanity. The Dolphins haven't won a Super Bowl since Nixon was in the White House and went to as many Super Bowls with Dan Marino as the Carolina Panthers did with Jake Delhomme. Actually, that's not fair to Jake Delhomme; if they didn't go for two too early and John Kasay kept the ball inbounds, he probably has a ring, but Dan Marino never came close after 1984. Miami hasn't won a playoff game since before 9/11 and hasn't played in the AFC Championship Game since the 1992 season, where they lost by 19 points. The Jagaurs didn't even exist in 1992 and even they've been to three AFC Championship Games in that timeframe.
Again, the Dolphins hadn't posted back-to-back winning records since 2002-03. It'd be one thing to fire Flores after Miami started 1-7, but his team won 8 of 9 to end up 9-8, and they just beat the Patriots (who are a playoff team despite how shitty they've played the last month). It just doesn't make sense to me. What is the Dolphins' plan? Why keep him after 1-7 if you were gonna fire him? Who on the market is better than Flores? It's like me with my job. I hate it, but I'm not quitting until I have something better lined up. Who is the Dolphins something better lined up? Unless they're about to hire Jim Harbaugh, this move makes as much sense as Donnie Darko.
I know Flores hasn't made the playoffs yet, but it's the fucking Dolphins. Vince Lombardi would have a hard time leading them to the promised land (NFL Playoffs). They've been two whole times since 2001.
Idk, it felt like Flo was building something, and now they're starting over again. As a football fan, I feel bad for all those Dolphin fans who have never been to Miami (approximately 70% of them), but I can't help but laugh as a Patriots fan. You hired a guy who's done a good-to-great job given the talent around him and has a winning record against the greatest coach of all time, then fired him after posting the team's best two-year run in nearly 20 years. Again, what is the plan? This is why the Dolphins won't win a Super Bowl during my lifetime. They're a bum-ass organization. How did Joe Judge outlast this man? (I think we know why) I hope Flores gets a head coaching job for next season, but in the meantime, can we pull a 2011 McDaniels and bring him back for the playoffs? Maybe his POV could help this reeling squad?