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Why Brian Flores believes Ryan Fitzpatrick is the right quarterback for this team

‘I wasn’t in a rush to become head coach’ says Brian Flores

Brian Flores, the newly announced head coach for the Miami Dolphins, talks to the media about his decision to join the team during a press conference in Davie, Florida on Monday, February 4, 2019.
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Brian Flores, the newly announced head coach for the Miami Dolphins, talks to the media about his decision to join the team during a press conference in Davie, Florida on Monday, February 4, 2019.

Here’s a fun fact:

When Brian Flores was finishing up his career at Boston College, the cross-town Harvard Crimson started a economics major named Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback.

A decade and a half later, Flores is the Dolphins coach, and Fitzpatrick is his starting quarterback.

“I’m a little bit older than him, a couple of years older but yeah I think we crossed,” he said. “He might have been a sophomore when I was a fifth-year senior or something like that.

“I think we have some of the same beliefs as far as working hard increasing team belief,” Flores continued. “He’s obviously a very intelligent guy, not just because he went to Harvard but learning so many different systems and understands the game and the concepts of the game. I think a lot of the things that are important to me they’re lined up as far as the things he brings to the table.”

Fitzpatrick is a bridge quarterback for the Dolphins, a fact Chris Grier acknowledged during his sit-down with reporters Monday.

“I think when we signed Ryan, first of all for him it was important to get the second of the two-year deal,” Grier said. “We’re looking for someone. We understand and Ryan knows too he’s not a long term solution for any team. I think it was very important to have the right type of guy.”

And why was Fitzpatrick that right guy?

“Because he’s a leader, first and foremost. I’ve watched Ryan for a long time, played against him, coached against him. I didn’t play against him but he was at Harvard when I was at Boston College so I’ve known about him for a long time. The one thing you hear over and over and over again is his ability to connect with players offensively, defensively and kind of lead. I think he’s a great fit for us, were excited to have him.”

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