Brian Flores knows he can't be like Bill Belichick with Dolphins

Ryan Hannable
July 23, 2019 - 1:52 pm

One of the general themes with Patriots assistant coaches who have gone on to become head coaches is they try to be like Bill Belichick too much and that works against them.

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Brian Flores, who is getting set for his first season in Miami, is determined not to be one of those guys.

“Obviously I was there for a long time. He’s definitely an influence,” Flores said of Belichick in an interview with the Miami Herald. “But there are a lot of great people I’ve been around prior to that. I start with my parents. When I talk about my core values that’s where it starts.

“Belichick is part of that. And I have a lot of respect for him, but it starts with my parents, my uncle who got me involved in football, my high school coach, my college coach, some other coaches on the New England staff I have a great amount of respect for and pattern my coaching style after -- Dante Scarnecchia, Brad Seely, Scott O’Brien, Bill O’Brien, Ivan Fears ... Those are the people that molded me and that’s where I get the lion’s share of my identity from.”

Although he never technically was a coordinator and was only a linebackers coach, Flores is confident in his abilities.

“I’m going to stay true to myself,” he said. “If there are some similarities [with Belichick], then so be it. But I’ve got peace within myself that I’m being Brian Flores and not trying to be anyone else. I’m very confident in who I am.”

Flores brought a few members of the Patriots staff with him, including Chad O'Shea as his offensive coordinator, Josh Boyer as cornerbacks coach and Jerry Schuplinski as quarterbacks coach.

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