Brian Flores to be introduced Monday as Dolphins coach, reports say
This is the second straight season the Patriots will lose their defensive leader.
ATLANTA – He has the most famous sideline shout in New England history and Sunday he’ll patrol the Patriots sideline for the final time.
Brian Flores hollered “Malcolm, go!’’ to Malcolm Butler moments before the rookie cornerback clinched the Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seahawks in 2015 and the video clip made him part of the dynasty’s lore.
Flores, the Patriots’ defensive play caller this season, will fly to South Florida Monday to finalize a deal to become the Dolphins new head coach, according to multiple reports, including the Miami Herald and ESPN.
The move was expected after Flores interviewed for the position during New England’s bye weeks before their playoff opener and Sunday’s Super Bowl. Flores, who has served in several capacities during his 15-year run in New England, declined to discuss the Dolphins job this week, saying it would be disrespectful to the organization and his players if he was focused on anything but the Rams.
This is the second straight season the Patriots will lose their defensive leader after Matt Patricia took the Lions head coach job two days after last season’s Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
Greg Schiano, the former Buccaneers and Rutgers head coach, is considered among the candidates to replace Flores. Schiano recently left his defensive coordinator position at Ohio State and has a good relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
If the Patriots decided to promote from within, defensive line coach Brendan Daly and Bret Bielema, who has served as a consultant to Belichick this season, would be candidates.