During the 2018 offseason, the Indianapolis Colts announced Josh McDaniels as their next head coach. They scheduled their introductory press conference for McDaniels and everything seemed set. Then the New England Patriots offensive coordinator changed his mind, despite his assistant coaches already having been hired by the Colts, and he stayed with the Patriots, throwing the Colts into an upheaval as they suddenly lost the coach they thought they had locked up.
The McDaniels reversal was similar to New England’s head coach Bill Belichick’s surprise resignation from the New York Jets head coach position. Belichick was named the successor to Bill Parcells with the Jets in 1999. After his hiring was announced, the introductory press conference was scheduled for the next day. As he prepared to meet with the media, Belichick wrote on a napkin that he was resigning as “HC of the NYJ,” and then turned his introduction into a surprise resignation presser. A few weeks later, after compensation had been worked out between the Jets and the Patriots, Belichick was cleared by the NFL to take over as the Patriots head coach.
This offseason, the Miami Dolphins are in the head coach market after firing Adam Gase. Everything seems to say they will be announcing Patriots linebackers coach/defensive play caller Brian Flores as their next head coach whenever the Patriots’ playoff run concludes. The delay, however, brings into question the possibility of another jilting by a New England coach.
That is not going to happen, according to a report from the Palm Beach Post’s Joe Schad. A source tells Schad there is a “zero point zero percent chance” of a reversal from Flores. Schad adds that “Flores wants the job,” and that he is “comfortable with the plan to build what he agrees is the right way, through the draft and not with band-aid signings of free agent veterans.”
The Dolphins and Flores appear to just be waiting. Flores is doing his job with the Patriots, who will visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in the AFC Championship game, but is also starting to build a staff that should join him in Miami. It does not seem like there is any chance another Patriots aligned coach pulls out of a job that appears to be his.
And the Dolphins, whenever the Patriots season finall ends, will have their tenth full-time head coach.