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Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores before the start of they game against the New England Patriots during NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday in Miami Gardens. (Syndication: Palm Beach Post)

The day after the end of the NFL regular season is the annual massacre of head coach firings, an event that’s come to be known as “Black Monday.” And there’s often a surprise among the dismissals. This year, the most surprising move hits close to New England.

Not in New England, but in Miami, where the Dolphins just upset the favored Patriots 33-24. Brian Flores is out as head coach, fired after going 24-25 in three seasons with the Dolphins, as first reported by Adam Schefter.

“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,” owner Stephen Ross said as part of a team statement.

Ross isn’t necessarily wrong about the talent on his roster. The problem is they might not be nearly good enough at quarterback. We’ll see if more moves are to come, because Ross didn’t sound fully committed to Tua in a press conference on Monday.

What have our eyes told us? That the Dolphins often looked like a well-coached team, and that their left-handed quarterback can’t consistently throw the ball well enough to be a long-term franchise guy at the NFL level. So this seems like a mistake for the Dolphins to dismiss Flores, who should almost certainly be a head coach candidate elsewhere.

And he will probably at least land an interview, because the Dolphins are not the only team who dismissed their head coach on Black Monday. Here’s a rundown of the other firings around the NFL, so far:

Note: This list will be updated if more head coach news comes in.

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