Dolphins owner Ross rules out Harbaugh move after shock Flores firing

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  • Miami Dolphins
    Miami Dolphins
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  • Jim Harbaugh
    Jim Harbaugh
    American football player and coach
  • Brian Flores
    Brian Flores
    American football coach

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross ruled out an approach for Jim Harbaugh after the team surprisingly fired Brian Flores as head coach.

The Dolphins announced Flores' dismissal on Monday after another season in which they missed the playoffs came to an end.

However, Flores' exit came as a shock given the Dolphins finished the year 9-8, marking their second successive winning season.

Miami went 10-6 in 2020 but missed out on the postseason with a blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills in their season finale. In 2021, they recovered from a 1-7 start to become the first team to lose seven successive games and then win seven straight in the same season.

However, talk of an internal power struggle with general manager Chris Grier and a deteriorating relationship with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa appears to have played a role in Flores' departure.

Harbaugh led the San Francisco 49ers to three NFC Championship Game berths, and a narrow defeat in Super Bowl XLVII, in four seasons during his sole NFL head coaching stint. He is said to be interested in a return to the pros.

After his exit from the Niners, Harbaugh took over as head coach of the University of Michigan and guided them to a College Football Playoff berth this season.

The Dolphins pursued Harbaugh back in 2011 when he was hired by San Francisco but Detroit-born Ross, an alumnus of Michigan, does not want to prise him away from the Wolverines.

"I'm not going to be the person to take Jim Harbaugh from the University of Michigan - I hope he stays there," Ross said.

Earlier, a statement from the Dolphins owner read: "I made a decision today to part ways with Brian Flores.

"After evaluating where we are as an organisation and what we need going forward to improve, I determined that key dynamics of our football organisation weren't functioning at a level I want it to be and felt that this decision was in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins.

"I believe we have a talented young roster in place and have the opportunity to be much better in 2022. I want to thank Brian for his hard work and wish him nothing but the best in his future."

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