Miami Dolphins rookie head coach Brian Flores has been on the job for less than seven months and he’s already faced a gauntlet of problems: he fired his offensive line coach one week into training camp; had a player lose an arm in a car accident; he saw one of his best receivers publicly feud with the team’s owner; and his hand-picked mentor and assistant coach had to take a step back because of health problems.
And he hasn’t even coached his first real game yet.
Now there’s a report he might need to grab a musket and batten down the hatches.
Interest in Jadeveon Clowney
The Houston Texans and Miami have had discussions about trading the Texans’ Pro Bowl linebacker, Jadeveon Clowney, to the Dolphins, and Clowney recently met with Flores and general manager Chris Grier.
Houston franchise tagged Clowney, and Clowney has not yet reported to the team.
The Texans are keen on offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, the 13th pick in the 2016 draft, and would reportedly like to have him included in any trade. Deshaun Watson is undoubtedly in favor of this as well.
However, Beasley writes that Miami brass recently told Tunsil’s representatives that it is not trying to trade him.
The Dolphins exercised Tunsil’s fifth-year option earlier this year, meaning they have him under contract through the 2020 season.
But teammates might not like that idea.
‘Guys would legit revolt’
On Thursday, Miami Herald reporter Adam Beasley wrote that Dolphins players would “legit revolt” if Miami traded Tunsil.
Tunsil has started all 44 games he has played for Miami and is one of the most-liked players on the team.
“The backlash would be amazing,” a well-placed Dolphins source told Beasley. “Guys would legit revolt.”
What is a “legit revolt” in NFL terms? Would guys not practice? Not play? The mind reels.
Tunsil is Miami’s best offensive lineman, though he hasn’t gone to a Pro Bowl, and Beasley writes that players are looking to see the team take care of its own home-grown talent in terms of contract extensions.
But trading him would lead to a revolt? Either Flores has a big problem on his hand or someone in the Miami organization is hoping to drive down the price for Clowney.
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