Did Brian Flores Get Fired for Winning Too Many Games?

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SJ - January 12, 2022

The Dolphins surprising fired head coach Brian Flores after back-to-back winning seasons.  Some are starting to speculate that he was sent packing for winning too many games.

How can that be?  According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, owner Stephen Ross was not happy when the Dolphins won three of their final fives games in 2019 and missed out on drafting Joe Burrow.

Ross was then unhappy by the trade for Deshaun Watson falling through.  Flores either didn't get the memo to tank or he ignored it.  After going 5-11 in 2019, he went 10-6 in 2020 and 9-8 this season.

From Larry Brown Sports:

According to Florio’s story, Ross wanted the Dolphins to have the No. 1 draft pick in 2020. The Dolphins went 5-11 in 2019 — Flores’ first season with the team — and ended up with the No. 5 pick, which they used on Tua Tagovailoa. Burrow went No. 1 overall in 2020 and already is a star. Tua was recovering from a hip injury and has had mixed results as a pro.

The story alleges that Flores either didn’t get the hint that Ross wanted to tank or defied instructions to tank in 2019. Flores’ Dolphins went 3-2 over their final five games to finish 5-11 in 2019.

The story is so crazy it’s really hard to believe. An owner got upset with the coach for … winning?

Flores’ Dolphins were embarrassed so badly in their first three games, losing by a combined 133-16, that Flores couldn’t keep losing like that. He probably would have been fired and had his reputation permanently stained if that continued.

Instead, he finished out the season strong, then went an impressive 10-6 last season, and 9-8 this season. Flores is now viewed as a good head coach.

If what is being speculated here is true in any way then Flores should be happy he's no longer in Miami.  Who wants to coach for an owner that wants to lose?  Flores did an incredible job getting this team back on track this season.


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