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Brian Flores Shares His Vision To Make Dolphins A Winner

Alex Donno
February 07, 2019 - 11:50 am

On Monday, the Miami Dolphins officially introduced new head coach Brian Flores. The former New England Patriots linebackers coach addressed the South Florida media less than 24 hours after his Pats hoisted their sixth Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LIII.

Words like "tanking" and "rebuilding" have been used in numerous media reports to describe the vision of owner Stephen Ross for the Dolphins' immediate future. The Dolphins haven't won a playoff game in 18 years. Flores was asked to describe his vision for how to fix things. 

“You fix that on a day-to-day basis," said Flores. Everyone tries to improve every day. You take it one day at a time. There is a selflessness and a ‘put the team first’ attitude that you have to have, and that goes from the owner to the general manager to the head coach to the people who clean up at nighttime. If you can get everybody to buy into that, then good things will happen. I believe that.”

Flores was asked how much short term pain the team can expect before the long term gains are realized. 

“I would say that every week, we’re going to go out there with the idea that we’re going to win a game. There’s going to be pain involved in that, too. There’s definitely bumps in the road. There’s no doubt about that. In this game, there’s ups, there’s downs. That’s part of this game. That’s part of leadership, dealing with adversity. There will be some pain. We know that. But there’s pain for every team. We had some this year in New England. We overcame them, and I think that’s the kind of attitude and resolve I want to see from a team that I’m coaching.”

Flores offered an assurance that his vision for the team is aligned with that of the front office. 

"I think our vision and our core beliefs and our core philosophy of how to build a team, they were aligned. That was one of the things for me, going through the process of interviewing. I told every team this – if our beliefs aren’t aligned, then don’t hire me, because if they’re not aligned, then it’s not going to work. If they’re not aligned, it doesn’t work.”

Flores certainly doesn't sound like a coach ready to "tank." He will work to motivate his players to win at all costs. You can expect the front office to give him a young, low priced roster over the next couple years while they purge the over-priced veterans. If Flores and his staff can develop a corps of young players into winners, the short-term pain will be justified.