Brian Flores on helping the Miami Dolphins win: ‘There’s definitely bumps in the road’
The NFL releases its 2019 schedule at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
But this is the age of Twitter. Why wait that long to find out who the Dolphins play — and when?
Details will emerge throughout the day, and we will have the updates as they come in.
As a reminder, in addition to hosting and traveling to the three AFC East teams, the Dolphins visit the Browns, Cowboys, Colts, Giants and Steelers and are home against the Bengals, Ravens, Eagles, Redskins and Chargers.
UPDATED (12:18 p.m.): The first leaks are out, and they involve the Patriots. The Dolphins host the Patriots in Week 2 (Sept. 15) and close the season in New England (Dec. 29), according to The Athletic.
So remember the Miami Miracle? You can be sure Bill Belichick does — and will try to right that wrong early in the season.
Ending the year on the road is no big surprise; the Dolphins prefer it because it helps preserve Hard Rock Stadium‘s field for the Orange Bowl.
Despite winning the Super Bowl, the Patriots will not open the season on Thursday night. Rather, they will reportedly host the Steelers in the first Sunday Night Football game of the year.
UPDATED (12:27 p.m.): The New York Daily News apparently has a copy of the New York Jets schedule and Adam Gase’s new team will play his old team twice.
The first meeting is scheduled for Week 9 (Nov. 3) in Miami.
The second meeting will be Week 14 (Dec. 8), in December, at MetLife Stadium.
Gase dominated the Jets when the teams played during his three years in Miami. He was 5-1.
Now, the Jets coach will be looking to turn that trend around as he seeks revenge for being fired as Miami’s head coach last December.
UPDATED (1:27 p.m.): More dates are pouring in. And one in particular is intriguing: Dolphins at Giants in Week 15 (Dec. 15), per NorthJersey.com. That means, assuming the reports are accurate, that the Dolphins will play in MetLife Stadium in consecutive weeks in December.
Furthermore, multiple published reports have the Dolphins hosting the Ravens in Week 1, meaning home games in each of the first two weeks. In other words — hot, hot, hot.
UPDATED (1:58 p.m.): Las Vegas thinks the Dolphins will be one of, if not the, worst team in the NFL this year. But that didn’t stop the NFL from assigning them a Monday Night Football game: Oct. 28, against the Steelers, the Miami Herald has learned. That’s Week 8, if you’re keeping track.
We now know seven of the nine Dolphins dates this year, including four of their road games.
The last time the Dolphins visited Pittsburgh, they were smoked 30-12 in the 2016 Wild Card Round — one of the coldest games in team history.
UPDATED (2:05 p.m.): The Dolphins will be traveling to Cleveland on November 24 -- the weekend before Thanksgiving.
The Browns, who featured former Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry, are expected to be one of the AFC North’s better teams in 2019.
UPDATED (2:45 p.m.) You know the dates of the Jets and Patriots game. Let’s round out the AFC East games.
The Dolphins will play at Buffalo on October 20. The Dolphins lost the season-finale in Buffalo last season.
The Dolphins will host the Bills on Nov. 17 at Hard Rock Stadium.
Thus the AFC East schedule is complete.
UPDATED (3:28 p.m.) There was a report by the Sports Business Journal last month that the Dolphins would spend Thanksgiving Day at Dallas.
The Dolphins will indeed visit the Cowboys but the game will be Sept. 22 at Dallas.
So the first three weeks of the season are known, per sources.
(Update 4:04 p.m.) And the first month is complete. The Dolphins will play host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 29 at Hard Rock, per a source.
And that rounds out September for the team. And think of it ... The Dolphins’ first month of the season features four games against four 2018 playoff teams -- Baltimore, New England, Dallas and Los Angeles.
In Miami’s favor is the fact that three of those first four games will be at home. And that’s traditionally a great advantage for Miami because of the South Florida heat.
Of course, this year the South Florida heat might not be as much help to a roster lacking in talent as in the past.
(Update 4:30 p.m) So you just read about the first month of the season. The second month of the season -- October -- could be easier for the Dolphins in that they only play three games that month and none of those will be against 2018 playoff teams.
The Dolphins are scheduled for their bye week the weekend of Oct. 4-6.
Then they will re-gather for an October 13 home game against he Washington Redskins.
As was reported earlier in this piece, the Dolphins host Buffalo Oct. 20 and travel to Pittsburgh for an October 28 nationally televised Monday night game.
And that rounds out October.
(Update 5:05 p.m.) You know the Dolphins are playing all the NFC East teams this year. And you know when the Dallas game, Washington game and Giants game will be played.
Well, the Dolphins will host the Philadelphia Eagles Dec. 1 at Hard Rock and that will be the first of five games Miami plays in December.
(Update 5:17 p.m.) The first month was uncovered a few minutes and paragraphs ago. The last month is here.
The Dolphins will host the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 22 -- two days before Christmas.
And that is the team’s only home game of its final four during the 2019 season.
Previously, The Herald reported December games at the Jets, Giants and New England in three of the final four weeks. The team will have a home game against Philadelphia on Dec. 1 so the month of December is complete.
(Update 5:50 p.m.) It stands to reason that if the other 15 games and bye week were known, there’s only one spot the Miami game at Indianapolis could occupy.
But this digging up of the schedule prior to its actual release is tricky stuff because, as you’ve already read, some people get it wrong.
The final piece of the puzzle is indeed the Indy game and that indeed will be played November 10 in Indianapolis.
So the complete Dolphins schedule is now known.
This is the complete Dolphins 2019 schedule:
Sept 8: Baltimore
Sept. 15: New England
Sept. 22: at Dallas
Sept. 29 Los Angeles Chargers
Oct. 6-7: BYE
Oct. 13: Washington Redskins
Oct. 20: at Buffalo Bills
Oct. 28: at Pittsburgh (MNF)
Nov. 3: New York Jets
Nov. 10: at Indianapolis Colts
Nov. 17: Buffalo Bills
Nov. 24: at Cleveland
Dec. 1: Philadelphia Eagles
Dec. 8: at New York Jets
Dec. 15: at New York Giants
Dec. 22: Cincinnati Bengals
Dec. 29: at New England