Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores Pulls a Bill Belichick on Starting QB Question

John Healy
July 25, 2019 - 10:42 am

The apple doesn't fall far from the coaching tree.

Brian Flores, the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins, is already showing a few characteristics of his former boss, Bill Belichick, as he opened his first training camp on Thursday.

Specifically, Flores appears to have graduated from the School of Belichick Media Training.

Flores joined “The Joe Rose Show with Zach Krantz” on WQAM Miami ahead of his first training camp practice and was asked about the starting quarterback competition — a major decision he will have to make — between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen.

“I think my answers going to be the same every day,” he said. “We’re evaluating these guys every day. Both guys came in, they’re in good shape, ready to go, excited — I think we forget about our third quarterback, Jake Rudock, he’s a part of that conversation as well — but all three guys are excited to go.

“It’s a competition. There’s a competition at every position. To include the quarterback, whoever produces in practice, produces in preseason games, in my opinion, the best player will play. Not just at the quarterback position, but at all positions.”

That is not exactly saying much, a quality that Belichick has mastered over the years.

It should not come as a surprise that Flores would exude some of Belichick’s qualities. The Dolphins head coach had been with the New England Patriots organization since 2004 — starting as a scout and eventually becoming a defensive assistant coach, playing a significant role behind the strategy to shut down the Los Angeles Rams in last year's Super Bowl.

While Belichick assistants have traditionally not fared well as head coaches, the Dolphins hope they can buck that trend with Flores and also hope he can instill some of the winning culture from New England into Miami.

“Obviously I was there for 15 years, there is certainly an influence from that standpoint,” he said. “There’s some things for me, as a coach, as a head coach, that are important to me and we’re going to do that. Let’s make no bones about it. From a structural, fundamental, techinique standpoint,  discipline standpoint — those are near and dear to my heart … It works and to me that’s good football. It’s been that way for a long time and I’m fortunate to have been around an organization where that’s something we talked about ad nauseum. Try and coach and play good football and that’s the goal.”