The Miami Dolphins concluded their interview course of for a brand new head coach Friday — and the candidate they intend and hope to rent is Brian Flores, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reviews.

Flores, at present linebackers coach of the New England Patriots, was the primary particular person Miami interviewed (on Jan. four) in the wake of its firing of Adam Gase on Dec. 31.

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The Dolphins selected Flores, most notably, for his spectacular management expertise. They didn’t search for any person who was particular to offense or protection — however fairly somebody who would function the most effective head coach they may discover.

Flores’ longstanding relationship with normal supervisor Chris Grier made him a good candidate from the beginning, and his interview solidified their early impressions.

No deal has been agreed upon, and no negotiations on a contract have taken place, Darlington reviews. The Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC divisional spherical Sunday.

The Dolphins stayed in-house and interviewed particular groups coordinator Darren Rizzi and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains on Friday. They’ve interviewed six candidates complete, with Kansas Metropolis Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and Dallas Cowboys defensive play-caller Kris Richard the others.

Flores, the 37-year-old Patriots de facto defensive coordinator, began his profession the identical means as Grier — as a New England scout.

Flores has coached offense, protection and particular groups together with the stint as a scout in New England. He has spent his total teaching profession – since 2004 – with the Patriots.

If employed, Flores can be the primary African-American coach in Dolphins historical past and their 10th head coach (together with interims) total since 2004.

Miami has completed between 6-10 and 10-6 in every of the final 10 seasons, the one crew in the NFL to try this. It went 7-9 in 2018, dropping its final three video games by a rating of 100-41.

The Dolphins allowed 6,257 yards this previous season, 29th in the NFL and essentially the most in franchise historical past. The offense, which completed 31st, wasn’t significantly better.

Data from ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe was used in this report.

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