Black Monday stunner: Twitter reacts to Brian Flores’ surprise firing


As expected, Bears coach Matt Nagy and his Minnesota counterpart Mike Zimmer were promptly shown the door at the conclusion of the regular season, serving as scapegoats for their respective teams. But nobody expected Brian Flores to be a casualty of Black Monday.

The Dolphins’ decision to part ways with Flores, despite leading Miami to consecutive winning seasons, was met by outrage, prompting stunned reactions from fans and pundits on social media.

If anything, the former Patriots linebackers coach overachieved in Miami, leading the Fins to an 8-1 finish after starting the year 1-7. Notably, Flores has won his last three matchups against mentor Bill Belichick, including a 33-24 triumph in Sunday’s regular-season finale.

Flores’ Dolphins ouster, as alluded to by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, appears to be the result of a power struggle with GM Chris Grier, who many suspect could be looking to move on from starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The former first-round pick received criticism for his play against the Titans in Week 17, but still finished the year with a respectable 67.8 completion percentage, seventh-highest among qualified signal-callers. Tagovailoa’s limitations have fueled debate over his long-term fit in Miami, a narrative that should continue well into the offseason with Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers all potentially available.

Coming off a successful 12-2 season at his alma mater, which included a conference title and the program’s first appearance in the college football playoffs, some have speculated Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh could be angling for a job in the NFL. However, Sports Illustrated insider Albert Breer insists Harbaugh’s status had no bearing on the team’s decision to axe Flores.

Flores figures to land on his feet with head-coach openings in Chicago, Denver, Jacksonville and Minnesota (despite their success under interim coach Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders may be looking for a more permanent solution following the departure of Jon Gruden). Still, it’s a marvel he was sent to the chopping block before hapless Giants coach Joe Judge, who has spent the entirety of his New York tenure putting out fires, many of his own creation.

Largely seen as afterthoughts in a division dominated for much of the 21st century by Bill Belichick’s mighty Patriots, the long-suffering Fins last reached the playoffs under Adam Gase in 2016.

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