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One former Patriot on Flores' as Dolphins coach: "He's been ready!"

One former Patriot on Flores' as Dolphins coach: "He's been ready!"

At 37, after only a year as defensive play-caller on an NFL coaching staff, Brian Flores is poised to become head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran pointed out that some may question if the former Boston College linebacker is ready for the spotlight of leading an NFL team.

One of Flores' former players says there's no doubt.

Flowers played for Flores on the 2017 Patriots when Flores was linebackers coach. 

Another Flowers, current Patriots defensive end, Trey (no relation to Marquis), told Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal that Flores is a coach who "demands greatness."

“He’s definitely a guy that demands a high standard of excellence,” Trey Flowers said. “You can definitely sense that intensity in the meeting rooms, on the practice fields, just that passion for the game that he’s got to be perfect, be precise, be fundamentally sound and physical. He’s a guy that demands greatness.”

As Dolphins coach, Flores will try to turn around a team that after 7-9 and 6-10 seasons and he'll also try to reverse a negative trend among assistants from the Bill Belichick coaching tree.

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk chronicled the less-than-stellar record of the NFL head coaches that Flores joins from the Belichick stable:

Bill O’Brien: 42-38 (1-3 in playoffs)
Eric Mangini: 33-47 (0-1 in playoffs)
Romeo Crennel: 28-55 (never made playoffs)
Josh McDaniels: 11-17 (never made playoffs)
Matt Patricia: 6-10 (never made playoffs) 

Now, it's Flores turn in Miami.

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McCourty brothers reflect on 'special' season playing together

McCourty brothers reflect on 'special' season playing together

Reaching the Super Bowl is nothing new to Patriots veteran Devin McCourty. Super Bowl LIII will mark the cornerback's fifth appearance in the big game.

But this time for McCourty, a Super Bowl berth means something extra special as he'll get to suit up alongside his brother, Jason.

Monday on Quick Slants, the McCourty twins sat down with NBC Sports Boston's Tom Giles to talk about what the experience of reaching a Super Bowl together means to them.

"Man, special," Jason said. "And I'd look at beyond my NFL career and that journey but a journey I think -- what's made this special is getting to play alongside Dev, and I think back of when our journey first started playing Pop Warner football and waking up early to play in those games and thinking about everything we've put into it. I think at that age, 10 starting out playing football we couldn't have dreamed of being here on this platform getting ready to take part in the Super Bowl. It just goes to show you kind of how great God is and how he has a plan for you, and it's just been -- this entire season has just been such a blessing."

Devin added to his brother's thoughts with the same sentiments and talked about overcoming adversity as a team.

"I can't write a better season," he said. "I probably won't have a better season than this year's been. You know, just sitting there playing in the AFC Championship game and I think the coolest thing, everybody in that locker room other than Tom [Brady] had never won a playoff game on the road. Period. So, um, to just be in so many different, you know, kind of tough situations as a team, and to go to Kansas City, a team that on paper we really probably shouldn't have beat at home, and to go out and play the way we did of going back and forth us just supporting each other, picking each other up all game. It just kind of bottled this whole season up, like this is the Patriots team. Just hard-working guys that are going to try and outlast you."

As great of a story the season has been for Devin and Jason McCourty, there's still one chapter left to write. That'll take place Feb. 3 in Atlanta against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Patriots accomplished rare playoff feat vs. Chiefs by overcoming turnover battle

Patriots accomplished rare playoff feat vs. Chiefs by overcoming turnover battle

Losing the turnover battle is one of the most difficult obstacles for teams to overcome in the NFL playoffs, but the New England Patriots found a way to win despite their sloppiness in the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Patriots committed two turnovers -- both of them interceptions thrown by quarterback Tom Brady. He had another interception wiped out late in the fourth quarter because of a neutral zone infraction penalty by Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford.

The Chiefs committed zero turnovers, resulting in the Patriots losing the turnover battle by two. In doing so, they accomplished a pretty rare playoff feat, as explained in the tweet below.

So, how did the Patriots overcome losing the turnover battle?

Well, they dominated in time of possession by controlling the ball for 43:59 compared to the Chiefs' 20:53. New England also outgained Kansas City by 234 total yards and dominated on the ground with a 176-41 advantage in rushing yards. The Patriots ran 47 more plays and earned 18 more first downs as well. The Pats dominated the box score and their best players, most notably Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, stepped up when it mattered late in the game. 

The Patriots, however, will need to do a much better job protecting the football in Super Bowl LIII because the Los Angeles Rams defense has plenty of playmakers capable of punishing mistakes. 

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