The Miami Dolphins are parting ways with head coach Brian Flores after three seasons.

Flores, who previously worked under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots from 2008 to 2018, finishes his Miami tenure with a 24-25 record. 

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announced the news Monday just hours after Flores coached the team to a 33-24 win over the Patriots.

“I made a decision today to part ways with Brian Flores,” Ross said in an official statement. “After evaluating where we are as an organization and what we need going forward to improve, I determined that key dynamics of our football organization weren’t functioning at a level I want it to be and felt that this decision was in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins.”

Ross added, “I believe we have a talented young roster in place and have the opportunity to be much better in 2022. I want to thank Brian for his hard work and wish him nothing but the best in his future.”

Flores also provided the following statement to ESPN:

The news came as a shock to many, considering Flores posted back-to-back winning seasons in the past two years, winning 10 games last season and rallying the Dolphins from a 1-7 start in his third season to finish 9-8. The good news is he’s widely expected to be one of the top candidates once the next cycle of coach hiring begins. 

 

As expected, people in the NFL world and beyond sounded off on Flores’ firing, with many criticizing the Dolphins for letting go someone who many consider to be one of the best coaches in the NFL. Check out some notable reactions below.