Brian Flores sounded a lot like Bill Belichick on Wednesday

Ryan Hannable
February 27, 2019 - 3:00 pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- Evidently, spending countless hours with Bill Belichick rubbed off on Brian Flores.

The new Dolphins head coach spoke Wednesday morning at the NFL combine and sounded a lot like his former boss.

Flores was full of Belichick phrases, including not wanting to reflect much on the past, and getting better in every area of the organization. The first-year head coach acknowledged being around Belichick so much maybe does translate into his own speech.

“I think last year is last year,” Flores said. “If we focus on — maybe he does rub off. I feel like there’s some good in that. If we focus on last year, then we’re not focused on this year. I would hate to take away from this year’s team and focus on whatever happened a year ago. If I’m copying Bill, then I guess I’m copying Bill in that situation.”

Flores has five former Patriots assistants on staff, including offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea, who was the Patriots wide receivers coach last year, and defensive coordinator Pat Graham, who was the Patriots linebackers coach a few years back.

As for players, Flores kept it vague when asked if he would look into bringing in former members of the Patriots.

“I think it’s important to bring in players who play our style and do the things that — well first, I’d say bring the culture and bring the leadership and the toughness and the intelligence that we’re looking for,” he said. “So, I don’t care where that player comes from. Hopefully, we’ll find a good number of them this week. So, that’s all part of the process."

The Dolphins have the No. 13 overall pick in April's draft.

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