Dolphins fire Brian Flores: Owner Stephen Ross addresses rumors of replacing him with Jim Harbaugh


The Miami Dolphins had the most surprising firing of the head coaching cycle, parting ways with Brian Flores despite Flores being the first head coach since the merger to start a season 1-7 and finish with a winning record. While Flores went 24-25 in his three seasons with Miami (including 24-18 in his final 42 games), the Dolphins decided to part ways with the first coach to lead the team to consecutive winning seasons since Dave Wannstedt. 

Miami owner Stephen Ross may have fired Flores in pursuit of a candidate his organization has courted for years — Jim Harbaugh. The Dolphins tried to hire Harbaugh from Stanford back in 2011 before he ultimately ended up with the San Francisco 49ers, as Ross was willing to make Harbaugh the highest-paid head coach in the NFL. 

Will Ross decide to court Harbaugh once again? The circumstances are a bit different this time around. 

“I’m not going to be the person who takes Jim Harbaugh away from Michigan,” Ross said Monday morning, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “I hope he stays there. He’s a great coach.”

Ross is a huge donor to the University of Michigan, his alma mater, and the connection with Harbaugh is strong. While Ross may not want to poach Harbaugh, what if Harbaugh wanted to coach the Dolphins — whether it’s leverage to get more money from Michigan or not? 

Harbaugh is no stranger to success in the NFL, going 44-19-1 in four seasons as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers won the NFC championship in the 2012 season and reached…


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