Brian Flores Denies Rift With Tua Tagovailoa, 'Wish Him All The Best'
Brian Flores Denies Rift With Tua Tagovailoa ... 'Wish Him All The Best'
2/18/2022 12:30 AM PT
Brian Flores is putting rumors to rest he and his former quarterback Tua Tagovailoa didn't get along ... saying reports they had beef are flat out wrong!
Flores -- who spent three seasons as head coach of the Dolphins -- reportedly didn't see "eye-to-eye" with the ex-Alabama QB during his tenure with the team.
But, the former coach recently sat down with Chad Johnson, Omar Kelly and Brandon Marshall for his "I Am Athlete" show and said that's just not true.
"I think we had a good relationship," Flores told the guys while reflecting on Tua.
"It was a player-coach relationship. And I think in a relationship like that, the coach challenges the player, and often times the player challenges the coach."
BF added, "There was a great deal of respect between the two of us. So you hear this crazy kind of narrative that's out there, but this is a young man who works, developed, and got better over 2 years and I think he's got a bright future."
Flores and Tua missed the playoffs this season, though, Miami won 8 of its last 9 games after starting the season 1-7.
Despite the late season success, many believe Flores was fired because of friction between him and the star QB ... whom the organization selected with the 5th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Flores knows rumors of the beef likely won't be squashed ... even with the coach addressing the issue with Marshall. But, he says he doesn't care what people believe, 'cause he knows the truth.
"Yeah, the world can think what they want to think. Ask Tua, you know, I think he'd say the same thing."
As for Flores' future, the coach filed a lawsuit against the New York Giants, the NFL, and others ... alleging discriminatory practices rooted in racism when it comes to hiring minority head coaches.