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Dolphins, Vikings and Lions fire coaches

Los Dolphins, Vikings y Lions despiden a entrenadores

Stringing together victorious seasons was not enough for Brian Flores to retain his position as head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins fired Flores on Monday, a decision that somewhat came as a surprise just 24 hours after the team closed the regular season 9-8 with a win over New England.

The dismissal of Flores was added to those of Mike Zimmer and Matt Nagy, his counterparts in the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears, respectively. Both franchises fired their general managers: Minnesota to Rick Spielman and Chicago to Ryan Pace.

Minnesota will change direction after missing the playoffs for the second year in a row. Zimmer was 72-56-1 in eight seasons, and 2-3 in the playoffs.

Nagy’s fate was cast after a 6-11 season with the Bears that culminated in a loss at Minnesota on Sunday. Nagy was 34-31 in four seasons.

Flores amassed a 24-25 record in his three seasons in Miami, unable to make the playoffs. The team closed this season with eight victories in their last nine games.

“I made the decision to break the bond with Brian Flores,” said Dolphins coach Stephen Ross. “After evaluating our present as an organization and what we need to do to move forward, I determined that key dynamics of our organization were not working at the level that I wanted and I feel that this decision is in the best interests of the Miami Dolphins.”

Ross graduated from the University of Michigan and the biggest donor in the history of that academic center, and it is conjectured that the Dolphins could include Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh in the list of candidates to take the reins.

Flores, the son of Hondurans, was hired in February 2019 and was in charge of a restructuring of the team. Miami started 0-7 in its first season, 1-3 in the previous one and 1-7 in the current one. But the Dolphins always went from low to high, going 20-8 in games played in November, December and January with Flores.

“The credit goes to the players and coaches,” Flores said Sunday after a 33-24 win over New England, which swept the Patriots for the first time since 2000.

Miami’s next quarterback will be the 11th since his most recent playofs victory on December 30, 2000. Dave Wannstedt was the coach at the time and was replaced, in order, by Jim Bates, Nick Saban, Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, Todd Bowles, Joe Philbin, Dan Campbell, Adam Gase and Flores.

“I think we have a talented youth cast and we have a chance to improve in 2022,” Ross said.

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