The Dolphins will make it official Monday, announcing Brian Flores as their new head coach, according to the Miami Herald.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had first reported in early January that the Dolphins were expected to pick the Patriots linebackers coach as their new leader.
Flores, 37, who has been serving as the Patriots de facto defensive coordinator this season, has reportedly already assembled much of his coaching staff. According to NFL.com, Flores will likely hire Packers assistant Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator and former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.
Multiple reports say longtime Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea will be Miami’s new offensive coordinator.
As Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero notes, the Dolphins hope Flores’ long coaching tenure with the Patriots – he spent 15 seasons there as an assistant – will help transform the team. “So it’s fair to say the team that has been among the many to be victimized by the Patriot Way this century is now trying to take from the Patriots and perhaps import the Patriot Way to Miami,” Salguero wrote.
Flores replaces Adam Gase, who compiled a 23-25 record in three seasons in Miami before being fired Dec. 31.