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Patriots defense gives major props to Brian Flores in last game with team: 'He's been a hell of a coach'

Ryan Hannable
February 04, 2019 - 12:57 pm

ATLANTA -- De facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores saved his best for last.

In his last game before he heads to Miami to be its next head coach, Flores and the Patriots defense put out one of the best defensive performances in Super Bowl history, as the Patriots beat the Rams, 13-3. Los Angeles entered the game with the No. 2 ranked offense in the league, but were no match for New England. The three points were the fewest points scored in the history of the big game.

The Rams were forced to punt on their first eight possessions, setting a Super Bowl record for consecutive drives ending with a punt. They totaled only two first downs in the entire first half and never got past the New England 47-yard line. For the game, Los Angeles didn’t run a single play in the red zone and the deepest into Patriots territory it got was the 27-yard line.

A lot of credit goes Flores' way and the Patriots defenders praise their coach afterwards.

Here's a sampling.

Jason McCourty: "He is a great person, and that is what makes him special. Obviously, the X's and Os as a coach, holding that offense to three points, he has that, but him as a person, how much he cares about everyone in the locker room, he has been all through the Patriots system. The entire staff is amazing."

Kyle Van Noy: "He's been a hell of a coach. A great motivator. He pushes you hard as hell and that's a good thing, we want that. I'm just proud to be a player under him and learn so much. Whatever he does, I'm happy for him."

Dont'a Hightower: “He called the game how he said he was going to call it. One thing that we all love about Flo is that he’s an aggressive guy. Whatever he says, that’s what he means. Last couple of weeks, we talked and we preached and guys bought in and I think he called a hell of a game tonight.”

Duron Harmon: “It’s been a privilege to work with him and work under him. He coached me at safety for three years. Literally picked me apart when I first got here, built me up as the years went on. Still coaches me. Definitely going to miss him, but excited for the opportunity he has to become a head coach in the National Football League.”

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