Miami Dolphins are probably the team most supported by NFL fans in the Cayman Islands so there will be mixed emotions at the news that they’ve fired head coach Brian Flores.
He was sacked on Monday despite completing a 9-8 season. Flores went 24-25 in three seasons in Miami.
Yes, the Dolphins began the season 1-7, leading to speculation about Flores' job status, but they closed with eight wins in their last nine games for a second straight campaign above .500. Not bad considering what a poor team he inherited on his arrival. Flores was evidently building up a strong unit, so it looks unlikely that his sacking was solely for on-field reasons.
The Dolphins went a surprising 5-11 in 2019 with possibly the worst roster in the NFL and then continued building a solid, young foundation in 2020 with a 10-6 campaign.
It seems Flores' departure was more related to relationships behind the scenes.
There was allegedly tension between Flores and general manager Chris Grier, and the coach's lack of public backing of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa apparently led to some strain, Grier is expected to remain as general manager next season.
Flores isn't expected to be out of work for long as he is a fine coach. The Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings all have vacancies and possibly the Las Vegas Raiders soon.