Brian Flores being fired on Monday not only shocked a ton of people, it upset many of them as well. The Miami Dolphins’ Monday decision to fire head coach Brian Flores as unquestionably the most surprising termination of employment in 2022’s Black Monday firing cycle.
Flores rose to 10-6 in his second season of 2020 despite the fact that his team was obviously tanking for draft picks. 2021 started with a 1-7 record, but the Dolphins won eight of their last nine games.
The players Flores coached were less than impressed about the firing and showed their frustration on social media.
Team owner Stephen Ross had this to say about the firing:
“I made a decision today to part ways with Brian Flores,” Ross said in a statement. “After evaluating where we are as an organization and what we need going forward to improve, I determined that 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.”
Not every single player spoke up for Flores, however, and two of them were former receiver Kenny Stills and current starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. According to Stills and other sources, Flores played favorites when it came to players and Tua was never one of “his guys.”
When Flores was let go, Stills took to Twitter and attempted to explain why he would not want to play for Flores again.
Flores finished with a 24-25 record in his three seasons with the Dolphins.