Dolphins news: Brian Flores speaks out on facing Bill Belichick, Patriots
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Dolphins coach Brian Flores speaks out on facing old boss Bill Belichick, Patriots in Week 17

Brian Flores, Bill Belichick

Almost every great NFL head coach has his coaching tree. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is no different. On Sunday, Belichick will face one of his protegés in Week 17 action when the Pats showdown with the Miami Dolphins.

Flores launched his professional coaching career — like many — on Belichick’s Patriots staff. The two know each other very well, considering their longstanding work relationship.

“Look, I was with Bill for 15 years. I know him very well. He knows me very well. At the end of the day, I have a lot of respect for him. I learned a lot from him,” Flores said, via Nick Goss of NBCSportsBoston.com. “I’m fortunate to have worked with that organization for a long time. But I know this about him: He’s going to try to beat the heck out of us. And he knows this about me: We’re going to do the same. That’s why I was in the [Patriots] building. I’m competitive by nature. I think that’s something I tried to impart on the players that I was around. So, I know they’re competitive. I love those guys, they love me, and I know that.”

Flores is undoubtedly right that Belichick will be trying to beat the breaks off of his team. The last time these two teams played, the legendary coach showed no mercy on the Flores’ Dolphins. New England trounced Miami 43-0. That was in Week 2 of the season. Perhaps a season of coaching his roster up will show on Sunday in, hopefully, a less lopsided result.