Being a head coach in the NFL is never an easy task as many have come and gone since the beginning of the NFL. With most cases, when new coaches come into the league, it is usually because the team was so poor the previous season and needs a positive change going forward.
In the case of the Miami Dolphins’ new head coach Brian Flores, the same could be said that he is having a tough go at his new job through the first four games. Miami is currently sitting at 0-4 and many believe that the Dolphins are tanking the 2019 season. With many different factors surrounding Miami, there are a few things to expect with Flores in the short and long-term future.
Flores came over from Miami’s division rival the New England Patriots after having spent the previous 10 seasons with Bill Belichick. During his 10-year tenure with the Patriots, Flores won three Super Bowl titles as the safeties coach. In 2014, the Patriots had the number one ranked defense under Flores and he was also the linebackers coach the last two times New England won the Super Bowl in 2016 and 2018. Flores’ championship mentality hasn’t diminished because he switched teams, he now has the chance to bring success that Miami hasn’t seen in more than 10 years. Of course, it won’t come right away. But Flores’ plan is already in motion as he brought some of his fellow coaching staff from New England down to Miami when he made the move in the offseason.
Building for the future
The Dolphins should be excited for what the future has in store for the franchise. The team has been racking up first round draft picks in the near future and currently hold three first rounders for the 2020 NFL Draft. The trade of left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Houston Texans gave them an extra pick in 2020, as well as sending safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers early during this year’s season. The Dolphins will certainly be a young youthful team for years to come and I don’t see Miami getting rid of the 38-year-old Flores anytime soon.
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Looking at history
Miami’s history of head coaches has a daunting pattern. Miami hasn’t seen much success since Don Shula coached the team from 1970-1995 and lead the Dolphins to two Super Bowl victories, five AFC Championships, 11 AFC East division championships and 19 playoff berths. Since the departure of Shula in 1995, the Dolphins have a record of 180-192, including the 0-4 start with Flores.
Looking beyond 0-4, this season
With Flores having yet to win his first game, I feel a lot of pressure is on the Dolphins to start picking up some wins to build some confidence for going into next season, if nothing more. Flores will have a very good shot to pick up his very first head coaching win when the Dolphins host the winless Washington Redskins (0-5) in week six. Look for Flores to pick up his first win of the season against the Redskins in week six. With essentially two weeks to prepare for the Redskins with Miami coming off its bye, I expect the Dolphins to and Flores to pick up their first win of the season.