New Dolphins head coach Brian Flores: 'It feels good in aqua'

Ryan Hannable
February 27, 2019 - 10:01 am

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's been a true whirlwind for new Miami head coach Brian Flores.

The former Patriots de facto defensive coordinator won a Super Bowl with the Patriots and then a day later he was introduced as the new head coach of the Dolphins. For the last three-plus weeks he's been trying to get to know his new organization after filling out his coaching staff, which includes many familiar faces.

Flores was one of the first coaches to speak at the NFL combine Wednesday.

“It feels good in aqua," he said. "I am excited to be in Miami. We’ve had a really good start. Obviously, we’re behind a little bit with me coming in after the game. But, we have a lot of great people in the organization and I feel like we put together a pretty good coaching staff. Those guys I have leaned on along with Chris [Grier] and our entire organization. We have a lot of great people there and it’s been I wouldn’t call it a smooth transition, but it has been a good transition.”

There are a number of familiar faces, including former Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea as offensive coordinator, and former Patriots linebackers coach Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator.

“I think putting together the staff I wanted people that are smart, that are mentally tough," Flores said. "I wanted our staff to reflect what I would like to see from our team — smart, tough, guys who communicate well. We ask players to communicate — offensive, defense, special teams. Our staff has to communicate that way also. That was big. That was one of my main objectives as far as putting the staff together. I am excited with the group that we have.”

It seems one of the No. 1 priorities for Flores is establishing the culture he wants.

“Culture is very important," he said. "I would say a lot of the things I learned in New England were about putting the team first. I think that was another part of something that was important to me, putting together a staff and people around me that don’t have egos, who work well together. I think that is going to be a big part of what we do in Miami.”

This process will start this week, as Flores gets a look at the draft prospects who will be the future of his team.

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