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Flores Isn't Afraid To Make Bold Moves

Alex Donno
July 31, 2019 - 2:57 pm

After just four days of training camp, Brian Flores had seen enough from his offensive line coach. 

On Tuesday, the Dolphins head coach relieved Pat Flaherty of his duties, and quickly replaced him with former Dolphins O-line coach Dave DeGuglielmo. 

“We felt like we needed to make that move," said Flores. "I felt that way. I think I’m always going to do what’s in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins and I thought that was the case with this move. As a team, we need to move forward. It was a tough decision – it was. I think the easy decision would have been to do nothing and hopefully it gets better and hope that it got better. But I just felt like it was the move for us to make and build moving forward.”

Flaherty has 19 years of experience as an offensive line coach in the NFL level. He oversaw the New York Giants' line during their Super Bowl wins in 2007 and 2011. 

Certainly, letting go of someone with a resume like that was not a spontaneous decision. 

"I think it had been something that had been on my mind for some time before [Monday's announcement], Flores noted. "Again, it wasn’t an easy decision. It’s not an easy thing to do. But I also feel like – like I said earlier, the easy thing to do was to just hope that it gets better. And more times than not – in my experience – is they don’t get better. Then who loses out is those guys out on the field. It’s my responsibility to make sure that doesn’t happen or to put this team in the best possible situation they can be in. If I don’t do that, then I’m not doing my job and I didn’t come here to do that.”

From the outside looking in, it's never a good look to fire a prominent assistant coach so early in training camp. It just looks bad, period. 

However, I applaud Flores for having the courage to do what he felt is necessary. 

If hiring Flaherty was a mistake, why shoud Flores double down on that mistake by letting it linger for longer than necessary? 

The Dolphins say this was strictly a football decision. I suspect Flores and offensive coordinator Chad O'Shay decided that Flaherty's philosophy didn't match up with their vision for the offense. If that's the case, I'm glad they ripped off the band-aid quickly. 

Now, we need to hope that Flaherty's replacement, DeGuglielmo, is the right man for the job. 

“I saw him as a better fit within the coaching staff," Flores said. "I also saw him as a better fit with the overall group and team. Again, like I said earlier, Pat Flaherty is a very good coach. That goes without saying. In this instance, I just felt like this was the best move for this team. I went with my gut, to be honest. I think ‘Guge’ (Dave DeGuglielmo) is a very good coach. Obviously he was in Indianapolis last year and did a great job with that group. He’s been in Miami before and done a good job. This is a well-respected guy taking over for the o-line and I think he’ll do a great job.”