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Brian Flores, after a whirlwind week which saw him win Super Bowl LIII and named as the new Miami Dolphins coach, is trying to hit the ground running with his new job.
While finalizing his coaching staff and getting to know his new players are among his top priorities, attending Friday’s fourth annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge Celebrity Golf Tournament at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort was important for another reason close to home.
The event, which raises money for the University of Miami’s Health System and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, raises awareness for people like Flores’ mother, Maria, who is battling breast cancer.
“This is an incredible event. I’m not sure how many of you guys know this, but my mom is battling cancer as we speak,” Flores said addressing the contingent of Dolphins representatives and participants for the event.
“This is something, while it feels like I have a million things to do, I absolutely had to find time to spend with you to show my support for the Sylvester Center and everything you’re doing to fight cancer.”
Flores, who was hired Monday to his new position, spoke briefly before Friday’s event as the main attraction.
Flores, the 15-year Patriots scout and assistant coach, led New England’s defense in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in last Sunday’s Super Bowl, winning his fourth Super Bowl as an assistant coach under Bill Belichick.
Now, Flores is tasked with leading the Dolphins through a rebuilding phase under the leadership of general manager Chris Grier — with hopes of finding a new franchise quarterback and achieving sustainable success.
“I think he’s going to bring that winning mentality,” said Dolphins defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, who is medically cleared to return from a toe injury he suffered last season.
“I’m sure everybody has seen the Super Bowl. The Rams being a high-scoring offense, and you’ve seen what [Flores’] and Bill Belichick’s defense did to slow those guys down. It was a great hire by Chris, and we’re ready to start working.”