Miami Dolphins name Brian Flores as new head coach fresh off his Super Bowl win

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The Miami Dolphins named Brian Flores as their new head coach.

The Dolphins, of course, have been waiting to hire Flores for almost a month now, but had to wait for the New England Patriots season to be over before they could officially sign New England’s defensive play caller.

Flores ended his 15-year tenure with the Patriots in style Sunday night, with his defense only giving up 3 points to the Rams in yet another Patriots Super Bowl victory. Flores' defensive plan did not allow the Rams to move the ball at all, and resulted in a late game interception to seal the deal.

Flores has been with New England since 2004 when he joined the Patriots as a scouting assistant. He was upgraded to a special teams assistant, and also worked with the offense and defense before focusing on the safety and linebacker corps. He's helped the Patriots win four Super Bowls.

“Two things that stand out immediately when you meet Brian are his football intelligence and leadership skills,” General Manager Chris Grier said. “Brian is widely respected throughout the NFL. He paid his dues in New England working in personnel, on offense, defense and special teams, which helped him build a great understanding of what it takes to win. If you talk with anyone who has played for him or worked with him, you will hear about his ability to lead and get the most out of people. Brian sets a high standard for his players and coaches and we are completely aligned with our vision on how to build a successful organization.”

Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross said at Flores' introductory press conference on Monday that Flores was hired because of his leadership abilities, above and beyond the fact that he's worked with the Patriots offense, special teams, and most recently the defense.

"Leaders need to be honest," Flores told CBS12. "They need to be transparent, they need to tell the truth. When you do those things you can get the most out of people, you can be tough, you can be demanding. Everyone needs a push to reach that next level."

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