Black Monday is here and has already delivered a huge surprise when the Miami Dolphins fired head coach Brian Flores. The Dolphins fired head coach Brian Flores after three seasons with the franchise, which came barely 12 hours after he coached the team to a 33-24 victory over the New England Patriots.
The decision came from Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who released a statement offering an explanation.
“I made a decision today to part ways with Brian Flores,” Ross said. “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.”
According to Mike Silver of NFL Media, his firing and the overall lack of Black head coaches presents a huge problem and he decided to call it for what it is: Systemic Racism.
“There is systemic racism in the NFL, and there are actual racists in some positions of power. I’m done dancing around the latter.”
Every year, “Black Monday,” the first Monday following the conclusion of the regular season, sees a wave of head coaches and front office executives let go as teams that had disappointing seasons start to change up the leadership within the organization.
Flores became the sixth head coach to be fired or resign during the 2021 NFL season, joining Matt Nagy, Mike Zimmer, Vic Fangio, Urban Meyer and Jon Gruden. The Dolphins, Bears, Vikings, Broncos, Jaguars and Raiders now have head-coaching vacancies to fill in 2022 with more likely to come.