Miami Dolphins fire coach Brian Flores, signaling another offseason shake-up

Hal Habib Joe Schad
Palm Beach Post

The Brian Flores era is over.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross fired coach Brian Flores, a league source confirmed to The Post.

A source also told The Post's Joe Schad that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will not be Flores' replacement.

At a news conference Monday morning, Ross said he has no replacement in mind. Asked specifically about Harbaugh, Ross said, "I love Jim Harbaugh" but added that Harbaugh is the coach at the University of Michigan.

"That is the school I graduated from and I’m very involved in it," Ross said. "And I’m not going to be the person to take Jim Harbaugh from the University of Michigan. I hope he stays there. He’s a great coach."

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Addressing the upcoming coaching search, Ross left open the possibility of hiring a fourth consecutive person who hasn't been an NFL head coach.

He added, "Certainly having the experience always helps. Sometimes, sure, if you find somebody that’s exceptional that’s been a coordinator or some other position in football, I certainly would look at that very seriously. But our mind is open. We’re just looking for someone that can work together in taking this roster and taking it to its next level."

The Flores move was first reported by ESPN, which also reported that general manager Chris Grier's job is safe.

The move comes hours after the Dolphins swept the New England Patriots with a 33-24 victory Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium.

"I made a decision today to part ways with Brian Flores," Ross said in a statement released by the club. "After evaluating where we are as an organization and what we need going forward to improve, I determined that key dynamics of our football organization weren't functioning at a level I want it to be and felt that this decision was in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins."

Under Flores, the Dolphins finished 9-8 this season but did not make the playoffs. They also missed the playoffs in Flores' previous two seasons in which he went 5-11 and 10-6.

"I believe we have a talented young roster in place and have the opportunity to be much better in 2022," Ross said.

Flores was the Dolphins' 13th head coach, hired on Feb. 4, 2019, after helping the Patriots win another Super Bowl title.

Flores finished his Dolphins career 24-25.

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores before the start of they game against the New England Patriots during NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday in Miami Gardens.

It was after Sunday's victory that defensive tackle Christian Wilkins gave his endorsement to Flores.

"That's the head man," Wilkins said. "We followed his lead all year long. When things did not look great, when the outside world said this about us, said that about us, he brought us all back in. He does a great job leading us, setting the tone for us. We all love him as players."

Still, the Flores ends just as the Joe Philbin and Adam Gase eras did — with zero playoff wins.

"I’ll take all responsibility," Ross said. "You know, I am the owner of the team. And if it’s not working, it’s really up to me. And this is why we’re making a change."

Palm Beach Post staff writer Joe Schad contributed to this report.