So, I'm sure plenty of you have heard the news regarding the Dolphins targeting Brian Flores as their next head coach. With this news, I can see on Dolphins Twitter that most are:
Disappointed - Due to the white hot rise in popularity of Kris Richard.
Worried - Let's face it, who was the last successful head coach to blossom from the Bill Belichick tree of coaching?
Angry - What has this team showed me to think that they are capable of making any good decisions towards winning?
I'm not going to sit here and pretend like these feelings are not valid. I too worry about these things and more. But...this team needs you all more than ever. There is a lot of negativity towards this potential move (not official yet) and I want to give you the opposite. I am going to try and help you see the bright side of this potential hire. I want to start with his career to date.
Now, I know Gase and Philbin more recently burned the team due to their "friends" being brought on. This feels different, being comfortable with people who have had success is different from being friends who don't know how to succeed. Say what you want about Belichick disciples and Flores' ability to succeed, but he has been a part of success, which is more than the Dolphins can say recently.
Second, Grier too worked his way up the ranks from the bottom. Ironically enough, he began as a scout for who?
You guessed it...those New England Patriots. If anyone knows how tough it is to succeed as a scout it's those two. There's a sense of comradeship with scouts and I respect those who do that work, let alone succeed in it. And say what you want, but these two have had, at the very least a say, in identifying talent and potential. Both having that background and perspective strengthens my trust in identifying talented players as well as a consistency that has been lacked in Miami's front office.
Lastly, I get that Belichick's tree has not been fruitful. I would be dumb to sit here and definitively say he will be the one that succeeds. I'm not that blind and naive my friends. But, there are rumblings that Flores has presented a strong plan for his coaching staff (headlined by former head coach Jim Caldwell). Regardless of his success as a head coach, I am encouraged that he understands the importance of having a staff that addresses his deficiencies.
The thought of having a coach on his staff who has succeeded as a head coach is promising. I'm encouraged that potentially there can be a staff that is not only balanced, but on the same page and with a track record of success (See Adam Gase's staff as well as Philbin's).
In closing, I get that there may be holes in some of the things I identified. I get that some of it is best case scenario and life doesn't work that way. I get that Flores and Grier probably don't deserve the benefit of the doubt. But what I do get is that the Miami Dolphins finally have one leader with one vision and the potential to have a unified direction with his chosen head coach shows me there is reason to believe.
This story was written by Carlos Camacho. Follow him on Twitter: @DolfansVoice
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