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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2022 3:54 pm 
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This is much more of the article than I wanted to post, but Barry Jackson's thoughts on this are min e as well. There is more of the article to read, and I only posted about 1/3 of it. It's a good read, so, check it out.

https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt- ... 07136.html

Barry Jackson (Miami Herald) wrote:
But let’s not overlook how Flores’ stubbornness and arrogance badly damaged the franchise’s best interests in more significant ways.

There was the senseless trading of Minkah Fitzpatrick simply because Flores didn’t want to compromise with Fitzpatrick and use him in the safety role in which he eventually thrived with Pittsburgh, earning him first team All Pro honors in 2019 and 2020.

Even if Austin Jackson becomes a competent right tackle, the Dolphins will never come close to recouping the value of trading Fitzpatrick to Pittsburgh for the 18th overall pick in 2020.

And Flores altered the course of the franchise for the next decade by refusing to do what any coach of a bad team can thoroughly justify doing: playing quarterback Josh Rosen instead of Ryan Fitzpatrick - a move that likely would have greatly enhanced the Dolphins’ chances to land the top pick (Joe Burrow) in the 2020 draft.

Flores claimed he resisted Ross’ desire to lose games - to guarantee a higher draft pick - because of principle. But Flores could have done what any coach of a bad, rebuilding team should do: play the highly-drafted quarterback - not the journeyman - to know precisely what you have in the young guy, especially after trading a second-round pick for him.

Josh Rosen’s shortcomings could have naturally resulted in the higher pick Ross coveted, but in a way that could have been reasonably rationalized. Flores made a foolish football decision - likely costing the Dolphins a chance to land Burrow - and tried to pass it off as taking the moral high road. Spare us.

Ultimately, Flores damaged the Dolphins far more than his sharp defensive mind helped them.

But blame Ross for never establishing with Flores during the interview process that developing young players - and snagging a high draft pick - would supersede winning in 2019. After all, Ross - on the day he fired Adam Gase - said he did it because Gase “wants to win.”

So Flores’ stubbornness in not acquiescing to his owner’s wishes is exceeded only by Ross’ incompetence for apparently never asking Flores in his interview if he was comfortable prioritizing player development over winning in 2019.


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Flores is a snitch willing to burn everything down if he doesn't get his way.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2022 8:31 pm 
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Imo Flores ego is his biggest problem.


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This is on Ross.


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Flores’ truest flaw is that he just sucks at the helm and isn’t an NFL head coach. He seems to be good at one little niche of the NFL game and clueless about anything outside of that. His lawsuits are industrial scale, semantical warfare. It’s an absolute joke & one of the pettiest chapters in sports. The details in this Jackson article are legitimately elementary level stuff. Embarrassing…like so many other stories nowadays.

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[quote="Barry Jackson (Miami Herald)]But blame Ross for never establishing with Flores during the interview process that developing young players - and snagging a high draft pick - would supersede winning in 2019. After all, Ross - on the day he fired Adam Gase - said he did it because Gase “wants to win.” [/quote]

True, but let's remember that Ross gave Flores an extra year on his contract because they both knew that 2019 was going to be very short on talent. Grier should have leaned on Flores to start the QB we gave up a 2nd round pick for who had a year of experience in the NFL. Obviously, in practice, Fitzpatrick was the better QB and that is who Flores started, but Rosen would only improve by getting game experience. Understandable to start the better QB, but not the goal of 2019.

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