Miami Dolphins zeroing in on Brian Flores

The Miami Dolphins finalized their interview process for a new head of coaches Friday – and the candidate they hope to hire is Brian Flores, ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports.

Flores, currently a line-up coach of the New England Patriots, was the first person to be interviewed (on Jan. 4) in the wake of its Dec. 31 firing of Adam Gase.

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The Dolphins chose Flores, most notably, for his impressive leadership skills. They could not be for someone but they would not be the best head coach they could find.

Flores' long-standing relationship with general manager Chris Grier.

No deal has been agreed upon, and Darlington reports. The Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC divisional-round playoff game Sunday.

The Dolphins stayed in-house and interviewed special-teams coordinator Darren Rizzi and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains on Friday. They've been interviewed six full, with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and Dallas Cowboys defensive playcaller Kris Richard the others.

The 37-year-old Flores, the Patriots' de facto defensive coordinator, started his career the same way as a Grier – as a New England scout.

Flores has coached offense, defense and special teams along with the stint as a scout in New England. He has spent his entire coaching career – since 2004 – with the Patriots.

If hired, Flores would be the first African-American coach in Dolphins history and their 10th head coach (including interims) overall since the beginning of the 2004 season.

Miami has finished between 6-10 and 10-6 in each of the past 10 seasons, the only team in the NFL to do that. It went 7-9 in 2018, losing its final three games by a combined score of 100-41.

The Dolphins allowed 6,257 yards this past season, 29th in the NFL and the most in franchise history. The offense was also among the league's worst, finishing ranked 31st.

Information from ESPN's Cameron Wolfe was used in this report.

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