Dolphins news: Minkah Fitzpatrick says Brian Flores doesn't let things slide that were allowed in previous seasons
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Dolphins’ Minkah Fitzpatrick says Brian Flores doesn’t let things slide that were allowed in previous seasons

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With the hiring of Brian Flores, the Miami Dolphins made one thing abundantly clear: A culture based on Adam Gase’s philosophies was going to be reset by a defense-minded brand of New England Patriots discipline. That means fewer excuses, more hard work, and not letting things slide.

Second-year defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick sees the same. According to the Palm Beach Post‘s Joe Schad, via Twitter, the former Alabama product said on Monday:

I think in past seasons, people would just let things slide that [Brian Flores] won’t let [things] slide…

Flores’ culture change in South Beach — noticed by Minkah Fitzpatrick — includes instilling a team-first approach, as he said after a training camp practice on Sunday, via Dolphins Wire’s Kyle Crabbs;

It’s a team game. Stars are kind of a ‘me’ thing. I don’t — I guess I’m not — it’s a team game. There are 11 guys out there and they have to work together.

On Friday, according to, Flores is pushing the mindset of everyone being together too; not just the team, but the coaches as well. The Dolphins’ coaching staff has joined players on jogs in drills.

We’re all in this together. That’s what a team is. You don’t separate the players and coaches. Their voices need to be heard by the players.

It’s clear that based on togetherness and not letting things slide, Flores is building a new culture in Miami, with hard work and a lack of excuses at the core. Under Flores, there is a sense of a blue-collar mindset budding in Miami.