The ​Dolphins are targeting a member of an AFC East rival's staff for their head coach opening. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Miami has set their sights on New England Patriots' linebackers coach and defensive play-caller Brian Flores to be the next top man.


Flores' ascension to the top of the coaching market has been quite impressive. The 37-year-old coach started with the Patriots back in 2004 as a scouting assistant, working his way to his current position as LB coach and defensive play-caller (though not technically defensive coordinator). After former DC Matt Patricia left for the Detroit Lions head coaching job a year ago, Flores stepped in admirably on a de-facto basis for a unit that finished seventh in the league in scoring defense.

The Dolphins fired head coach Adam Gase at the end of the season, who has since landed on his feet with the New York Jets. And if Albert Breer is on the money as he typically is, Flores will allow the AFC East coaching carousel to continue.

Flores, by all accounts, is smart, demanding, and a fiery competitor.

The Dolphins cannot technically pull the trigger on Flores until the Patriots lose in the ​playoffs or win the Super Bowl, but the plan is reportedly to hire him if he's willing to accept the job. If that doesn't happen, Cowboys defensive backs coach ​Kris Richard would likely be next in line to land the position.