New England Patriots

By Matt McCarthy,

The Miami Dolphins have made it official.

The team on Monday announced the hiring of Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores as their new head coach. The news was expected, as Flores was reported to be the choice to take the reins in Miami in early January.

Flores joins the Dolphins in the wake of an outstanding Super Bowl performance. His defense held the Rams to three points, tied for the fewest points allowed in Super Bowl history.

Flores called plays for the Patriots for just one season and was never officially given the title of defensive coordinator.

“Two things that stand out immediately when you meet Brian are his football intelligence and leadership skills,” Dolphins 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.”

There is no word yet on who will take Flores’ role in New England.

You can hear Matt McCarthy on various 98.5 The Sports Hub programs. Follow him on Twitter @MattMcCarthy985.