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Stephon Gilmore weighed in on the Dolphins’ decision to fire Brian Flores

Gilmore and Flores helped the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII.

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Brian Flores prior to the Dolphins' regular season finale win over the Patriots. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Patriots lost to the Dolphins 33-24 in Sunday’s regular-season finale. New England will travel to Buffalo on Saturday to face the Bills at 8:15 p.m. in a wild-card playoff matchup.

Elsewhere, the Bruins face the Capitals tonight at 7 p.m.

Also tonight, the Celtics host the Pacers at 7:30 p.m.

Stephon Gilmore’s thoughts on Brian Flores: On Monday morning, several NFL teams announced coaching changes. Arguably one of the more surprising moves was the Dolphins’ decision to fire head coach Brian Flores:

Flores, a former Patriots assistant, led Miami to back-to-back winning seasons.

His dismissal caused surprise across the league, including from one of his former players from his time in New England.

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Stephon Gilmore, who played under Flores with the Patriots, weighed in on the Dolphins’ decision.

“Brian Flores is a great coach that’s wild,” Gilmore tweeted.

Flores’s final game with the Patriots prior to taking the head coaching job in Miami was Super Bowl LIII, in which New England (helped by a fourth-quarter interception from Gilmore) defeated the Rams 13-3.

Trivia: On top of his interception in Super Bowl LIII, Stephon Gilmore was also second on the Patriots in tackles during the game. Which of his teammates was first?

(Answer at the bottom.)

Hint: A fellow defensive back, he played his college football at Auburn.

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