The Miami Dolphins rebuilding process is well underway and a part of that is their attendance at the NFL scouting combine which gets underway this weekend. And in advance of the players working out for the teams, coach Brian Flores hopped on the NFL Network Friday morning.
And, the Dolphins new boss wanted to emphasize one important part of his makeup that he hopes translates to his team.
In a one-on-one interview with “Good Morning Football” host Peter Schrager from Indianapolis, he was asked what one word to describe him is?
What’s the one word new @MiamiDolphins HC Brian Flores would use to describe himself?
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An interesting answer with “humility” from the man who spent the last 15 years around the most successful franchise in the NFL, the Patriots.
And make no mistake, New England has succeeded for several reasons. Not the least of which, is having Hall of Famer Tom Brady quarterback them, but the “team first” concept and taking the ego out of their locker room appears to be one of the biggest.
Now, take the Dolphins of the last couple of seasons and former head coach Adam Gase is battle in particular with a couple of star offensive players that led to them being ousted in South Florida.
It’s hardly a secret that Gase could not get through to star running back Jay Ajayi on and off the field conducting himself the way that Gase wanted him to. So in the end, Gase and former VP of Football, Mike Tannenbaum, convinced owner Stephen Ross that they should part with their best running back at the trade deadline of 2017.
Then, came last offseason when Miami had basically decided that WR Jarvis Landry was too big of an outspoken headache to keep as their primary wide receiver. It’s also no secret, because they had heated exchanges on the field during games that Gase and Landry weren’t seeing eye-to-eye a lot of the time
So, instead of paying him in a large long-term contract, the Fins dealt him to the Cleveland Browns for a couple of mid round draft picks.
And, Miami elected to release Ndamukong Suh, who was a strong personality with his large price tag for 2018. Then, they watched arguably their best defensive linemen walk out the door to the LA Rams and help them make the Super Bowl.
As Flores told Schrager, “I think we live in a world, where it’s all about the individual. When you’re stepping into our office facility, it’s about the team. We need humility that for that to happen.”
That was easy with the culture that was built and on “auto pilot” in New England.
Now, it’s a new situation in Miami.
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