Patriots players not surprised Brian Flores reportedly will become new coach of Dolphins

Ryan Hannable
January 18, 2019 - 10:01 am

FOXBORO -- Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium could be the last time de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores coaches a game with the Patriots.

Flores reportedly is set to become the Dolphins' head coach after the season after being with the Patriots since 2004, first as a scouting assistant.

Members of the team are not surprised the 37-year-old will get a chance to lead a team without even officially having a coordinator title.

"I’m not surprised," cornerback Stephon Gilmore said. "He’s a great coach and he pushes everybody to get the best out of them."

"He’s done a great job," he added. "He can be a friend, he can be a coach and get on you so he can do everything for you. He really cares for the players. He pushes everybody every week and gets the best out of his players."

Patrick Chung, who has spent a number of years on the team with Flores as coach, agreed.

"I mean, obviously he’s done a great job – we’re in the big game," he said. "He’s definitely a good coach and he likes to mix things up, so it keeps guys off-balance."

Meanwhile, Duron Harmon just can't wait to see what he has drawn up for this week's AFC title game against the Chiefs.

“Phenomenal coach, phenomenal person,” he said. “Looking forward to the game plan he puts together for Kansas City this week.”

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