Things collapsed in Miami in 2021.
The Dolphins performed the first miracle on Black Monday and after the 9-8 season they fired head coach Brian Flores.
However, the decision to fire Flores will affect more than just the players who are currently on the team. According to reports, Flores, who hit the unemployment line, could greatly upset Houston defender Deshaun Watson, who wanted to be in Miami.
The Dolphins foreshadowed the Texans’ deal with Watson’s business earlier in the season, with the quarterback allegedly calling the Dolphins one of the teams to which he should give up his trade ban clause.
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That could change: Flores was reportedly the main reason Watson wanted to be in Miami, and now that Flores is out now, it’s not clear if Watson would still prefer Miami.
# Dolphins Coach Brian Flores was a major reason why Deshaun Watson wanted to be in Miami. With Flores out, this situation could have changed.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2022
The # Dolphins the burning of Brian Flores is likely to reset Deshaun Watson’s landscape very significantly. Flores was largely the driving force behind this interest, and the Flores / Grier tandem was part of what made Watson relinquish his ban on trade to Miami. Everything changed.
– Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) January 10, 2022
However, Watson has far more trouble than deciding which jersey to wear – if any – in 2022. The Houston defender currently faces 22 civil lawsuits accusing him of sexual harassment and assault, and has a statement scheduled for February 22. .
It is not clear what Watson’s status will be in the NFL once his legal problems have been resolved. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said on January 9 that Texans would like to replace Watson before the new league season begins on March 16.
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Watson’s situation is rare: The 26-year-old is a top 10 defender on the pitch who enters the best years of his career with a reasonable contract. The Dolphins won three first-round elections for Watson before the NFL deadline in 2021, but owner Stephen Ross reportedly canceled the deal.
Ross can still change the tune: He said on Monday that the decision to pursue Watson would fall on the next head coach:
I asked Ross if he planned to chase Watson: He said no, BUT “It will be up to the head coach what he does with the quarterback. It will depend on the other head coach and the direction he wants to go.”
– Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) January 10, 2022
So far, it’s Tua Tagovailoa as the Dolphins quarterback. It could stay that way until the 2022 season returns.