The Miami Dolphins may hate their AFC rival, the New England Patriots, but something tells me they were thrilled to see them win Sunday.
Because the guy that held one of the best offenses in the Rams to just three points—their lowest point total all season—was defensive play caller Brian Flores.
But on Monday Flores became the Miami Dolphins new head coach in a long-anticipated move that was reported last month but couldn’t be made official until the Pats season was over.
And for the third straight year—much of that due to Flores—the season ended after the Super Bowl.
Dolphins GM Chris Grier, who was in charge of his first coaching search, sought someone with similar beliefs of how to build a contender and that turned out to be the 37-year-old Flores who—just like Greer—began his career as a New England scout. That Patriots connection likely played a significant role as the Dolphins seek a way to dethrone their longtime rival.
“To be a head coach in this league is a dream come true, to be head coach of the Miami Dolphins is a dream come true. This is a great organization with a great history, with a great fan base and I’m excited to be here,” said Flores.
Flores is coming off what may be his best performance as a coach. He helped devise a scheme and called the plays for a Patriots defense that held Sean McVay’s Rams to just three points in Super Bowl LIII, tied for fewest in Super Bowl history, and 260 total yards. To use McVay’s own words, he was “outcoached” by Flores, Belichick and the Patriots defense.
Still, as good as the Dolphins feel about their hire, wonder how the Bengals feel considering they hired Rams QB coach Zac Taylor and Flores made his QB Jared Goff look very foolish.