It appears the final head coaching position remaining in the NFL could be off the market in the near future. While the Miami Dolphins haven’t officially made their move yet, it sounds like Brian Flores is the leading candidate.
Miami began its offseason by firing Adam Gase, who just recently became the head coach of the New York Jets.
The Dolphins spent most of their interviews with defensive-minded coaches, meanwhile most teams were searching for the next offensive guru. Although Dennis Allen, Kris Richard and other assistants interviewed with Miami, Flores has the inside track to the job.
Flores was named the linebackers coach for the Patriots in 2016. He previously spent time as a special teams assistant and also helped the team’s scouting department.
Once Matt Patricia left for the Detroit Lions, Flores took over the playcalling duties for the Patriots’ defense.
New England finished this regular season with the No. 7 scoring defense and 28 total takeaways.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins are narrowing their search to Flores.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2019
The Dolphins have the right defensive players for Flores to use, such as Xavien Howard, Kiko Alonso and Reshad Jones. However, the lackluster offense continues to be the issue plaguing the franchise.
Flores will try to showcase his value on Sunday, when the Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers.