— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 10, 2022
Flores’ firing came as a significant surprise to most, especially considering the Dolphins ended the year on an 8-1 run. Owner Stephen Ross no longer felt that Flores was the right coach to lead the team into the future, despite all that Flores achieved during his three-year stint with the team. During his tenure as Dolphins head coach, Flores amassed a 24-25 record. Over the past two years, Flores has led Miami to a 19-14 record, but after missing the playoffs once again in 2021, the Dolphins decided to look in a new direction.
Despite the questionable decisions made by GM Chris Grier, Ross opted to retain the front office member and bring him back in the same role for 2022. Ross and Grier will surely be hoping this next hire is a home run, because they will be heavily scrutinized throughout the hiring process. Finding a coach superior to Flores will be a significant challenge, but that will be the expectation for the organization after parting ways with the 40-year-old.
A statement from Brian Flores provided to ESPN: pic.twitter.com/CFRUEQGo3r
Flores handled his firing with as much class as he showcased while coaching the Dolphins. While the decision was probably a tough one for Flores to swallow, he took it in stride.