Dolphins Gm: We Hired Brian Flores As Coach Because 'this Generation Is Different'

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Hire the best leader for today’s generation.

That was the impetus to the Miami Dolphins’ hiring of Brian Flores as their new coach earlier this year, which bucked NFL trends by at least two counts. Flores was the only African-American hired for any of the eight head coaching vacancies, and the former Patriots linebackers coach is the only new coach who didn’t ascend from a role as perceived offensive whiz/quarterback whisperer.

“I was looking for the best leader,” Dolphins GM Chris Grier said on Monday night during a general manager panel discussion that kicked off a two-day NFL coaching summit.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/columnist/bell/2019/06/25/dolphins-hired-brian-flores-leadership-nfl/1556453001/
 

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The one interesting tidbit to me is the players barking back at coaches, assumedly Gase. He definitely came off as overly confident in his abilities/job status for the product he put on the field every week. With the amount of players that were traded away/thrown into the doghouse under his regime, you gotta wonder if simply shipping off the player because he didn’t buy in to what he was preaching was his only effective means of maintaining a grip over the locker room.

If this is the case then getting the best leader for a coach sounds like a good strategy if the situation was that bad. Fingers crossed Flores is the guy.
 

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I have faith in this coach off the field. He says all the right things and is putting an emphasis on fundamentals. He has brought in a new structure different than the last guys.

He has hired good experienced assistant coaches which is some thing the last guys did not do.

He revolutionized the QB room in his first month. He has trimmed the fat of this team and is looking to build in the draft in a smart conservative manner.

He has shown he will take a flyer on a troubled player. All of these things alone do not fix the issues on this team but changing them together helps to tilt things more in our favor than what was done in the past.

To me the real test will come on the field and during the next offseasons when we see how he handles disgruntled players.
 

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at this point I'm impressed/pleased by essentially everything Grier has done/achieved
as "The Man" -- and that 100% includes hiring Flores and what he's done assembling
a (seemingly) excellent staff, in addition to his stated philosophy and the program he's
implemented. Now all we have to do is win. Eventually!
 

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“For me, it wasn’t a matter of offense or defense,” Grier said. “It was a matter of finding the right guy that we felt was going to be a leader of men, that was going to interact with this generation.

“This generation is different. When I grew up, I couldn’t talk back to my mom and dad. These kids, you see it out on the field, they’re talking back to coaches. It’s a different world. It’s a hard job, coaching these kids.”

Lot of truth right here.
 

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"this generation is different"

I've been coaching high school lacrosse for 20 years. I can definitively say that there has been a major generational shift in the attitudes of athletes.

There are fewer kids who will run through a brick wall in terms of shear effort now. 10 years ago, those kids were the ones that filled our rosters, beyond the superstars. Now, I'm lucky to get 3 on a roster of 25. There are far more kids who compete, but don't really care if they lose now too.

They also can't pay attention to as long of a practice. 90 minutes isn't enough to do everything we need, but after 90 minutes you can see the effort level drop dramatically. Neither positive nor negative reinforcement does anything.

Kids will openly b*tch about conditioning and fundamental drills too.

As someone who has been a competitor my entire life, I find it infuriating.
 

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That's a shame.

Fundamentals, and conditioning is often the difference in winning, and losing at the HS level.

When I was in school (2 generations ago), if the coach wasn't satisfied with your effort, you never saw the field/court, no matter what your skill level was.

Of course a lot of that was "policed" by the senior team members.

We one a lot of games, not because we were necessarily better, but because we were still playing hard at the end, while the opponent was hunched over, and gassed.

Have to blame parents, to an extent.

This "everyone gets a trophy" nonsense doesn't prepare our youth for the dog eat dog world.
 
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When I look back at Philbin and Gase there was nothing about their looks or persona that commanded respect.

Just the way Flores carries himself my responses would be "yes sir" or "no sir."

The difference in the way Philbin/Gase carried themselves and Flores is analogous to being in a huddle with Tannehill or Marino.

Kudos to Ross for be willing to reset and take a long term approach to rebuilding this team.
 

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The one interesting tidbit to me is the players barking back at coaches, assumedly Gase. He definitely came off as overly confident in his abilities/job status for the product he put on the field every week. With the amount of players that were traded away/thrown into the doghouse under his regime, you gotta wonder if simply shipping off the player because he didn’t buy in to what he was preaching was his only effective means of maintaining a grip over the locker room.

If this is the case then getting the best leader for a coach sounds like a good strategy if the situation was that bad. Fingers crossed Flores is the guy.
Gases coaching style is that of a buddy, he likes to tease and joke with you to get you motivated..you won’t see him with a whistle around his neck in practice..He’s usually off to the side..couldn’t stand that about him, so glad he is gone, really, not a leader in any sense..

Really looking forward to Flores style, I’ve always said that this team playing in this town needs a leader of men, disciplinarian type, I think this guy is the father figure type that demands a lot from his players but has the compassion to care about them and their families.

Lombardi use to say, “Win your players' hearts and they will follow you anywhere”

After 6 months of studying this guy, I think this guy has traits of the great Lombardi.

I know that’s a huge leap but I really feel that Flores embodies this quote.

“I believe everybody wants discipline, especially young people. But one has to be careful of the spirit in which it's given. They'll take it if it's done in the spirit of teaching ... even of love, like the discipline one gets from a mother and father.”
 
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My kids talk back and my kids don't always listen, I'm sure they pick that up from other kids at school. I punish them and demand better. It's definitely a parenting thing and all the lazy parents are making it harder for the ones trying. Not sure how everything will turn out, but my wife and i are putting in the work. Maybe we should start a thread about parenting young athletes. My journey is just beginning and i could use any help available.
 

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Bunch of BS.
GM Grier hired his friend; the same old boys club just change the skin color.
Just say it
I hired my friend no different than any other team.


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Funny how the teams that are perpetually winning have old school coaches with old school attitudes and philosophies. Run the ball, play good defense, don't farkup and wait for your opponent to screw up.
 
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