The place does head coach Brian Flores stand after essentially the most damaging lack of his profession?
A day after the Miami Dolphins suffered their worst loss underneath Brian Flores, there was no main organizational shake-up. Fairly, the coaches largely chargeable for a 23-20 loss to the Jaguars — which was Jacksonville’s first win of their final 21 video games — went about their enterprise as regular.
Flores met with reporters late Monday afternoon after the staff’s transatlantic flight residence. Whereas Miami’s third-year coach should know that it is a franchise in disaster, Flores did his greatest to maintain a good keel.
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Flores stood by his and his employees’s two disastrous fourth-down selections and play calls that determined the sport Sunday. First, the Dolphins selected to expire of shotgun on a failed fourth-and-1. Then, they referred to as timeout on Jacksonville’s penultimate play, permitting City Meyer to vary course and dial up a brief cross that put the Jags in makeable area objective vary.
Flores mentioned he’s “at peace with each of these calls.” He later added, “We got here out of it feeling that these had been the precise issues to do.”
Translation: Sorry, Dolphins followers. No main modifications now, and maybe at some point of the season. The reality is, if Flores was going to fireside his coordinators, he seemingly would have performed so by now.
What’s extra, he acknowledged that co-OCs George Godsey and Eric Studesville and DC Josh Boyer — who’re largely chargeable for this brutal begin to the season — have been his assist system throughout this five-game skid.
Flores has additionally leaned on his non-football employees — head of safety Drew Brooks, participant growth director Kaleb Thornhill, and staff coach Kyle Johnston — to find out the heartbeat of an underachieving locker room.
“What I’ve gotten is there’s nonetheless loads of perception in our staff,” Flores mentioned. “I believe they assist one another. I believe they’re a resilient group. I believe they’re sticking collectively. They’re going to proceed to stay collectively.”
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Is that true? Or is it wishful pondering? We’ve heard that there are many gamers within the Dolphins group who not need to be there. And maybe a few of them will quickly be gone with the commerce deadline in two weeks. If the Dolphins backside out — assuming there’s in some way additional to fall — towards the Falcons this week and Payments subsequent, they need to unload whoever they will. There’s nobody on this staff untradeable. And cap house saved this 12 months is cap house earned in future years.
After all, we’ve got no clue who will likely be spending that cash in 2022. Common supervisor Chris Grier can’t really feel nice about his job safety. However primarily based on what the Dolphins have placed on the sphere this 12 months, nobody ought to.
Proprietor Stephen Ross has fired coaches and GMs for much less. And he was solely half kidding when he put Flores and Grier on discover on the grand opening of the staff’s new observe facility previous to the season.
“I hope we’re hoisting the Tremendous Bowl [trophy] in a really quick time, with the emphasis on quick,” Ross mentioned in July. “When you can’t win with a facility like this, then you definately by no means will.”
Flores acknowledged that he and Ross have spoken concerning the staff’s skid.
“Clearly he’s upset,” Flores mentioned. “I don’t need to converse for him, however I do know that. He desires to see our staff have success. That’s actually all people. He’s no totally different than gamers, coaches, the assist employees, the followers. We’ve obtained to be higher. I’ll be the primary to say that. Our gamers are upset as nicely.
“Everyone knows this: There’s a really small margin for error on this league,” Flores added. “The errors we’ve made, they’ve value us. We now have to attempt to restrict these errors as gamers and coaches. There’s a slim, slim margin for error. We’re on the flawed facet of that proper now. … I believe collectively, Steve, Tom [Garfinkel, team CEO], Chris, Brandon [Shore, a high-ranking team executive], all the group, there’s disappointment. They need higher.”
Is Brian Flores the subsequent coach to get fired?
Sunday’s loss did greater than additional jeopardize Flores’ employment standing. It additionally, no less than for every week, gave City Meyer a reprieve. The primary-year Jaguars coach has already outlasted one in all his friends. Jon Gruden was the primary coach to get fired in 2021, however that had nothing to do with the staff’s efficiency and all the things to do along with his racist, sexist, and homophobic emails.
However Meyer, who gained for the primary time Sunday after 5 losses to begin the season, remains to be in actual hazard of being one-and-done in Jacksonville. Giants coach Joe Choose can also be at severe threat of dropping his job. Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer and Chicago’s Matt Nagy shouldn’t really feel too snug both. And theoretically, if the Jets and Lions fully tank the season, maybe rookie coaches Robert Saleh and Dan Campbell might be in danger. However as of now, Meyer, Flores, and Choose appear to have the most popular seats.