Head Coach Brian Flores addressed the media Monday. Here were some comments that stood out, along with some perspective:
“Only thing better than one victory is two.”
— The day after the Dolphins’ first victory of the season, Flores made it clear he’s hoping this was just the beginning for his team. Flores and his players naturally were excited about defeating the Jets, but it’s going to be all about the Colts (the next opponent) moving forward.
“Jomal is a guy who’s finally getting an opportunity to play and he’s taking advantage of it.”
— Cornerback Jomal Wiltz came up with a key play against the Jets when he outfought wide receiver Jamison Crowder to come up with an interception near the goal line late in the second quarter. Flores called it an “athletic play” by Wiltz, who joined the Dolphins this offseason after spending most of the past two seasons on the New England practice squad.
“He can be a very good player in this league. But it’s up to him. I think he’s definitely on the right track to make the most of his talent.”
— After announcing that wide receiver Preston Williams had sustained a season-ending injury in the victory against the Jets, Flores talked about his development and his hopes for Williams moving forward. Flores is hoping that Williams will use the same kind of work ethic he’s shown so far to bounce back from the injury.
“The second quarter we were better than we were the first quarter, so I’d like for us to be better in the third quarter than we were in the second quarter and in the first quarter.
— The Dolphins are heading into the second half of their 2019 regular season schedule, though Flores says he breaks the season into quarters. It was clear the Dolphins played better in the past four games than in the first four, and Flores is hoping that trend continues.
“He’s an experienced player. He understands this offense. By all counts, he’s pretty much a coach on the field.”
— Flores laughed he was told that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had said he was perfect for the Dolphins situation this year because Flores said Fitzpatrick is perfect for any situation. He then called Fitzpatrick the leader of the offense.