Brian Flores: ‘I wasn’t in a rush to become a head coach’

"I had a good job in New England."

Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII.

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Brian Flores called the defensive plays for the Patriots in their Super Bowl victory. After Flores limited one of the NFL’s top offenses to a paltry three points, the Miami Dolphins announced that he’d made the call to become their next head coach.

The 37-year-old, who has never held a coordinator title, noted he hadn’t been in a hurry to take the reins in a top role.

“I’m humbled. I’m grateful. This isn’t — I wasn’t in a rush to become a head coach,” Flores said. “I really wasn’t. I had a good job in New England.”

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Flores described discussing his options with his wife, Jennifer, and concluding that any new role would have to be in “the right place” with “the right feel.” He believes he’s found such a job with the Dolphins, where he faces an uncertain quarterback situation and a rebuild overall.

“I’m thankful that I’m part of this organization now,” Flores said. “Look, I mean, we’re going to do everything possible to win games and build the culture. Build a winner here. I’ll do everything in my power and work as hard as possible to make that happen.”

In Miami, Flores will reportedly be joined by Patriots receivers coach Chad O’Shea, who’s signing on as offensive coordinator, and Patriots assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski, who’ll move up to quarterbacks coach for the Dolphins.

Flores’s last night with the Patriots couldn’t have gone much better. After his defense kept the Los Angeles Rams out of the end zone, the former Boston College linebacker walked from the stadium to the team hotel. Flores refused a car ride, choosing instead to soak up the atmosphere with his family.