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Ian Rapoport on why the Dolphins want to hire Patriots assistant Brian Flores

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The Bengals and Dolphins are the only NFL teams with head coaching vacancies remaining, and while the Bengals are reportedly targeting Rams assistant Zac Taylor, the Dolphins are hoping to steal a coach away from an AFC East rival.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Dolphins intend to hire Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores whenever New England's playoff run comes to an end. Flores, 37, played linebacker at Boston College, and has spent his entire professional coaching career with the Patriots. Flores joined the team as a scouting assistant in 2004. In 2018, he also served as the Patriots' defensive playcaller.

According to Rapoport, Flores has been the Dolphins' top choice since the team fired Adam Gase.

"Flores impressed during this entire process, both of course with his command of the Xs and Os, but mostly his command of the locker room. This is a dominating presence, someone who is widely respected around the NFL, both for what he does defensively and how he works with players. How he appeals to all kinds of players.

…. From my understanding, Brian Flores was really the favorite all along. He was the guy that inside their building they really saw as the face of their franchise as they start this rebuild. And whenever the Patriots are told, I am told they do intend to make him their next head coach."

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