Dolphins make it official, name Brian Flores as new coach
The Miami Dolphins have confirmed the appointment of Brian Flores as their new head coach.
Flores, who leaves his role as the New England Patriots linebackers coach, had long been expected to take over at the Dolphins.
However, Miami could not make his hiring official until the Patriots' postseason ended on Sunday, with a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
"To be a head coach in this league is a dream come true, to be head coach of the Miami Dolphins is a dream come true. This is a great organisation with a great history, with a great fan base and I’m excited to be here," said Flores.
Dolphins general manager Chris Grier added: "Two things that stand out immediately when you meet Brian are his football intelligence and leadership skills.
"Brian is widely respected throughout the NFL. If you talk with anyone who has played for him or worked with him, you will hear about his ability to lead and get the most out of people."
Flores, 37, spent 15 seasons with the Patriots, helping them to four Super Bowl titles, including Sunday's triumph over the Rams in which his defense became only the second in Super Bowl history to hold its opponent without a touchdown. He has been serving as the Patriots' de facto defensive coordinator this season.
He has reportedly already assembled much of his coaching staff at Miami, likely hiring Green Bay Packers assistant Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator and former Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. Multiple reports say long-time Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea will be Miami's new offensive coordinator.
Flores replaces Adam Gase, who compiled a 23-25 record in three seasons in Miami before being fired on December 31. Gase has since been appointed as head coach of the New York Jets.