Former Dolphins Coach Brian Flores Gets First Scheduled Interview; Miami signs 4 futures contracts – The Denver Post

Former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores, who was fired Monday, reportedly got his first interview for another vacant head coach job scheduled for Tuesday with the Chicago Bears.

Flores is expected to be a hot name for other jobs open after her surprise dismissal on Monday after consecutive winning seasons. Dolphins owner Steve Ross cited “communication and collaboration” issues as the reasons for his dismissal.

The Bears are on the hunt for a coach after firing Matt Nagy on Monday. Tuesday’s news of Flores’ interview with Chicago was the first reported by NFL Network.

Flores, in her final year with the Dolphins, got a glimpse of the Bears roster in two joint practices in August and a pre-season game before the 2021 season. If he gets the job, he would be in another one. scenario with a second-year quarterback selected in the first round at Justin Fields after coaching Tua Tagovailoa in his second campaign with the Dolphins last season.

The Dolphins travel to Chicago to take on the Bears in the 2022 season, so if Flores ends up there, he’ll face his former team next fall.

Miami’s first reported interview was requested with Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who worked a season with Tagovailoa at the University of Alabama.

The Bears are also looking to interview former Miami Hurricanes linebacker Glenn Cook for their vacant GM position. Cook, who played for UM from 2003 to 2008, is vice president of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns.

Flores was 24-25 in three seasons with the Dolphins and has not made the playoffs after missing a win in each of the past two seasons.

Dolphin Futures

The Dolphins announced Tuesday that they have signed four players for reserve / futures contracts: wide receiver Cody Core, cornerback Javaris Davis, tackle Adam Pankey and tackle Kion Smith.

The quartet were part of the Miami practice squad at the end of the season. Signings allow the Dolphins to keep these players throughout the offseason. They come into effect at the start of the new championship year on March 16, when the rosters expand to 90.

Of the group, Core has the most NFL experience, but joined the Dolphins most recently. He was signed to the Miami practice squad on November 29, but did not make a game.

Core has played four seasons in the NFL – three with the Cincinnati Bengals (2016-18) and New York Giants (2019) – appearing in 51 games with seven starts. Originally a sixth-round pick for the Bengals in the 2016 Draft, Core recorded 33 receptions for 388 yards and one touchdown.

Pankey has played seven games with the Dolphins since being waived on Dec. 10, 2019. Spending the 2021 season on the practice squad, he was bred for the “Monday Night Football” victory over the New Orleans Saints on December 27. and played an offensive snap. He appeared in nine games with the Green Bay Packers between 2017 and 2018.

Davis spent the last two seasons on the Miami practice squad and made his NFL debut in the Nov. 28 win over the Carolina Panthers, registering two tackles and one pass.

Smith spent his rookie season as an undrafted player from Fayetteville State on the Dolphins’ practice squad without appearing in a game. Prior to joining Miami, he spent the previous offseason and training camp with the Atlanta Falcons, who jointly trained in Miami last preseason.

Any player who is not on an active roster at the end of a team’s season is eligible to sign a futures contract.

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