It appears we are finding a reason why the Miami Dolphins may have parted ways with Brian Flores. The Dolphins rocked the NFL world on Monday with theri surprising of Flores after only three seasons and back-to-back winning records.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, the move was made due to deteriorating relationships between Flores, general manager Chris Grier and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentine added that Flores and Tagovailoa had a shouting match in the locker room at one point this season.
Tagovailoa claimed that Flores “doesn’t know how to talk to people.” Flores, meanwhile, said he needed “better fucking play” from his quarterback.
ESPN reports that owner Stephen Ross no longer saw Flores as a healthy fit in Miami, due to things getting to “a pretty bad place” with both Grier and Tagovailoa,” in Darlington’s words.
“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,” Ross said in the team’s statement announcing Flores’s dismissal.
Flores remains an appealing coach for this year’s cycle and has already secured an interview with another team.
The 40-year-old former Bill Belichick assistant went 19–14 in 2020 and 2021, and although he failed to reach the playoffs, he earned Miami’s first back-to-back winning records in nearly 20 years.
The fallout from his dismissal is the fact that Miami had been floated as a potential destination for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who likely wanted to play under Flores. Only Watson knows if he stills wants to be traded there, which remains the only team he is willing to knock down his no-trade clause for.