The long-awaited official announcement of former Patriots defensive assistant Brian Flores, as the new Dolphins coach came on Monday. And, it could not have had a more triumphant entrance for his introductory press conference.
Owner Stephen Ross beamed from ear-to-ear introducing Flores fresh off of his defense’s Sunday night 13 – 3 Super Bowl 53 win over the LA Rams . A win in which Flores played an integral part all of holding the second highest scoring defense to a paltry three points.
And while you would think that Flores wanted to take some time to savor or enjoy the moment in Atlanta, there he was at the Dolphins facility in Davie at midday, ready to go to work less than 24 hours after he and his family stood on the field at Mercedes Benz Stadium with confetti falling:
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) February 4, 2019
There’s no question that Flores has his work cut out for him with a Dolphin roster that has holes and a culture that has been losing for the better part of a decade while firing three coaches in that time.
Still, he stood in a sharp suit, with an aqua tie and Dolphins lapel pin and told the gathered media that he believes this is the right time and the right situation for him. Even if that meant, leaving a franchise that just won it’s third Super Bowl in five seasons to begin the process of making Miami a contender, again:
“I had a good job…We’re not gonna be in a rush. It’s gotta be the right fit. It’s gotta be the right place. And, it’s gotta have the right feel,” Flores said. And about meeting with the Dolphins in the interview? “I was excited when I came out of that meeting. There’s where I wanted to be. I’m thankful that I’m part of this organization, now. We’re gonna do everything possible to win games and build the culture. And build a winner here.”
That’s the future for the Fins.
The immediate past was the defense that, as we wrote Sunday night, Flores put in position to stifle Jared Goff and held the Rams without a TD. And, that could best be described with the word, “masterpiece.”
Make no mistake. The Patriots have been the standard for winning in football for going on 20 years.
That is not the situation Flores is walking into in Miami.
Still, Monday was about a new beginning and Flores certainly has insight and a great blueprint to turn things around.
Now, the work begins.
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