Former members of Patriots organization rave about Brian Flores at NFL combine

Ryan Hannable
February 28, 2019 - 10:20 am

INDIANAPOLIS -- There are a number of former members of the Patriots organization at the NFL combine as either coaches or general managers of other teams.

Another member of the Patriots has joined another organization with Brian Flores becoming Miami's new head coach following the season.

All these people were asked about Flores when speaking Wednesday and everyone had tons of praise for the 38-year-old. 

Here's a sampling.

Matt Patricia, Lions head coach: “I obviously love B-Flo, was with him for a real long time, worked real closely. I just wish him the best of luck down in Miami. I think he’s going to do a great job. I obviously cherished our time working together. … He’s really smart, he’s a hard worker, he’s a great guy. He really relates to the players outstandingly. And to people in general, I think he has a great mannerism about him. He’s just a good person.”

Bob Quinn, Lions general manager: “B-Flo is great, a good friend of mine. I remember B-Flo coming in and being really quiet the first, I’d say, six months, which is usually, when you’re working in New England, that’s a good thing. And he just kind of put his head down and worked. He started the same way I started. As scouting assistants, you pick guys up at the airport, bring them for their physical, drive them around. He probably logged as many hours in those vans as I did back in the day, so I’m really for Brian. I think he’ll do a great job down there, and I’m really happy for him and his family.”

Thomas Dimitroff, Falcons general manager: “Yeah, Brian Flores, top-notch person. Top-notch character, of course. Very smart, very acutely aware, as one of the things I remember. He handled himself with professionalism. He was very focused. He wasn’t a young guy who came in where we were trying to get on the straight and narrow. I thought he had a strong grasp of being on the straight and narrow early on. Again, I think he’s a very intelligent football man and I’m really excited. I just got a chance to see him for the first time in the hall a little bit earlier. I gave him a hug and was really excited about hearing [from him]. I tell him, like some of the other guys, you’re on the AFC side of it and I’m on the NFC. We can have a really good bond, let’s continue to work together.”

Bill O'Brien, Texans head coach: “Brian Flores is a guy that, first of all, is a great friend of mine. [I have a] tremendous amount of respect for him. His background — everybody knows his story, how he was brought up, where he grew up. When I got to New England, he was a scout. … Brian was a scout, and then Brian wanted to be a coach, so Bill moved him over to the offensive side of the ball. First, he was on special teams, and then moved him to the offensive side of the ball. He worked with me for a while, and then he wanted to be on defense. He had that type of drive to be a defensive assistant coach, so Bill moved him over to defense. And in every role that he had in New England when I was there — and obviously after I was there — he did a great job. He’s a very bright guy. He’s a very hard-working guy. The players really respect him. He’s the same guy every day. He’s not an up-and-down guy. He’s got a good demeanor. He can adjust on the fly, and he’ll do a great job in Miami."

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