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Miami Dolphins reportedly focus coaching search on Brian Flores

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Miami Dolphins reportedly focus coaching search on Brian Flores

While Josh McDaniels said "the book was closed" on him going after a head coaching gig for the 2019 NFL season, it looks like Brian Flores might be writing a book of his own in Miami.

According to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the Dolphins are expected to hire Flores as their new head coach, replacing Adam Gase.

Should Flores take his talents to South Beach, it will mark the second straight offseason that the Patriots have had to replace their defensive play-caller, following the departure of Matt Patricia to Detroit.

Flores, 37, has been in the Patriots organization since 2004 when he started as a scouting assistant. Since then, he's worked his way up the ranks on the coaching staff and took over defensive playcalling duties from Patricia this season.

As for replacements? In-house candidates include defensive line coach Brendan Daly or cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer, while former Rutgers and Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano could also be a possibility now that he's no longer at Ohio State.

The Dolphins could certainly use a defensive-minded head coach after finishing the 2018 season 29th in total defense (391.1 yards/game), 31st in rushing defense (145.3 yards/game) and 27th in scoring defense (27.1 points/game).

Miami can't officially hire Flores until New England's season is over, and right now he's busy preparing the Patriots' defense for Sunday's AFC Divisional Round matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium.

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Report: Pennel's 2-year Patriots deal could be worth up to $8 million

Report: Pennel's 2-year Patriots deal could be worth up to $8 million

The Patriots deal with free-agent nose tackle Mike Pennel is for two years with a base salary of $5 million and could be worth up to $8 million in incentives, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Pennel, 6-foot-4, 332 pounds, turns 28 in May. The former New York Jets defensive tackle will try to make up for the loss of Malcom Brown, who signed with the Saints. 

After the signing, Pennel spoke to Patriots.com about joining a "winning culture" in New England.

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On Instagram, Martellus Bennett writes he won't be coming back to Patriots

On Instagram, Martellus Bennett writes he won't be coming back to Patriots

They'll be no Bennett brother reunion, or a third stint with the Patriots for Martellus Bennett, according to his Instagram post.

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Swipe. This is why I can’t come out of retirement. I would love to play ball with my brother it would truly be a dream come true. But my biggest dream is to change lives with my creativity and that is what I am currently doing @theimaginationagency these kids don’t need another athlete to look up to or to aspire to be there’s plenty of inspiration out there for that. I want to inspire the next wave of creatives. The storytellers. The engineers. The designers. The doctors. The filmmakers. The composers. Tech moguls. And maybe a few athletes who like me never felt like they belonged in a locker room. I was never one of the guys guys most of my teammates would tell that. I’ve always been a creative who enjoyed competing. I’m playing the game that I was made to play and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had. Scoring touchdowns winning a super bowl has never made me feel the way seeing kids/families/people enjoying things I have created. I’m doing my life’s work fulfilling what I believe to be my life’s purpose. I hope everyone finds something that makes them as happy and as fulfilled as I have with my work @theimaginationagency I appreciate all of the love but this is waaaaayyy bigger than the game of football. Get your copy today. Link in my bio

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Bennett's brother Michael, 33, a defensive end, was traded from from the Eagles to the Patriots on March 8, leading to plenty of speculation that Martellus, 32, a tight end, who played a full season for the Pats in 2016 and last played in the NFL in two games for the Pats in 2017, would come out of retirement to join him in New England.

Marty B even got a pitch to return from his old quarterback in New England. 

Martellus Bennett has forged a new career with his Imagination Agency and he recently released his book "Dear Black Boy" which seeks to inspire African-American kids in outlets beyond athletics.

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