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I Said It: Brian Flores Discusses Quarterback Battle On Monday

Head Coach Brian Flores spoke to the media before the Dolphins’ practice at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University on Monday. Here were some comments that stood out, along with some perspective.

“In a best-case scenario, it is one (quarterback). But things happen.”

— The quarterback battle once again was the most popular topic Monday, with Flores saying that his decision won’t necessarily be made after the preseason game against Jacksonville and he’s not necessarily going to stick with one starter the entire season. As Flores said, he’s going to do whatever provides the best opportunity to win on a weekly basis.

“We’re going to have the best 11 guys out there in the kicking game. That’s a very important phase.”

— As he stated earlier in training camp, Flores puts a lot of importance in the kicking game and he said he absolutely would have no issue using starters on offense or defense if it helped the special teams units.

“I think the two guys are improving and developing. I like what I’ve seen from those five guys.”

— This is what Flores had to say when asked about his offensive line, starting with rookie guards Michael Deiter and Shaq Calhoun. The first-team line of Laremy Tunsil, Daniel Kilgore and Jesse Davis has remained the same since the Dolphins changed offensive line coach early in training camp.

“I thought Charles Harris played really well the other night. As a group, we played well.”

— The Dolphins ended up with four sacks against Tampa Bay, but Flores bemoaned the missed opportunities to get a couple more. That said, it overall was a pretty productive night for the pass rush, which was led by Harris’ 1.5 sacks.

"He’s a young guy who plays hard. He’s done everything we’ve asked.”

— Running back Patrick Laird led the Dolphins in rushing against Tampa Bay, continuing what has been a strong training camp from the rookie free agent from the University of California. The Dolphins have a lot of young talent at the running back position, so earning a roster spot won’t be easy, but Laird certainly has put himself into the mix with his work this summer.

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