Flores Has His Staff, Ready to Play Some Football

Miami Dolphin's owner Stephen Ross, left, new Miami Dolphin's head coach Brian Flores, center, and general manager Chris Grier, right, pose for a portrait before a news conference on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Davie, Fla. Hours after his team won the Super Bowl, New England Patriots linebackers coach Flores has been hired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins. They decided on Jan. 11. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

New Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores announced his 16-member coaching staff as the weekend began, and it features some big names.

To start off, Flores has tapped former Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell to serve as his assistant head coach and quarterback coach.

In announcing Caldwell’s hiring, Flores said, “His experience as a head coach will be invaluable to me. Jim is a great teacher, highly organized and somebody that I have a lot of respect for.”

Chad O’Shea is Miami’s new offensive coordinator. He comes to the Dolphins from a 10-year run with the Patriots. Flores said, “Chad is extremely smart, innovative and hard working. He brings a lot of energy to practice and meetings. Chad has a great rapport with players.”

Next up, Patrick Graham will serve as defensive coordinator. He’s been with the Green Bay Packers, and worked with Flores in New England.

Flores has also added Danny Crossman as special teams coach, which he’s been for the past 26 years. That includes 16 years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers (2005-09), Lions (2010-12 and Buffalo Bills (2013-18). Miami’s new head coach explains, “Danny is full of energy and extremely good with the fundamentals. I am excited to have him.”

Rounding out the rest of Flores’ new staff are:

Josh Boyer, cornerbacks coach and serve as the defensive pass game coordinator. He spent 13 years with the Patriots

Karl Dorrell returns to the Dolphins to coach receivers. He spent four seasons doing that for the team under Tony Sparano.

Additionally, Pat Flaherty will coach the offensive line. George Godsey (tight ends), Marion Hobby (defensive linemen), Rob Leonard (linebackers) and Jerry Schuplinski (assistant quarterback coach) will join the staff. Tijuan Wunderwood, Matt Lombardi and Josh Grizzard will serve as quality control coaches.

Tony Oden, Eric Studesville and Grizzard are the only coaches being retained from Adam Gase’s staff. Oden will coach safeties, while Studesville will continue to coach the team’s tailbacks. Grizzard has been the team’s offensive quality control coach for the past two seasons.

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