The Miami Dolphins have been one of the more active teams at the onset of the offseason.
They let go of Brian Flores after three seasons and replaced him with former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel.
With a new head coach already in place, he will now be tasked with hopefully ending the team’s five-season playoff drought.
But the Dolphins could have made a bigger splash if their pursuit of a big-name coach pushed through, as revealed by ESPN NFL Nation reporter for Miami, Marcel Louis-Jacques.
Chris Grier said the Dolphins reached out to the Saints to gauge Sean Payton’s availability but New Orleans blocked any possible move for the now-retired coach.
Grier said he had “no conversations” about Tom Brady
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) March 2, 2022
Louis-Jacques tweeted, “Chris Grier said the Dolphins reached out to the Saints to gauge Sean Payton‘s availability but New Orleans blocked any possible move for the now-retired coach. Grier said he had “no conversations” about Tom Brady.”
While Payton stepped out of coaching after the 2021 season, the Saints still hold his rights given that he’s under contract until 2023.
However, the Saints did not pursue the discussion, mainly to respect the coach’s decision to step away.
He has been coaching New Orleans since 2006 and he felt he needed a break.
Grier And Flores’ Statements Don’t Match
While Grier is claiming that there have been no talks regarding Brady, former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stated otherwise.
Flores recalled an incident wherein he was invited for a meeting at the yacht of team owner Stephen M. Ross.
However, he did not know that a certain quarterback, later identified as Brady, was also present.
Flores walked away to avoid violating the league’s tampering rules.
With two sides telling a different story, which one is telling the truth?
If Grier is saying that Brady wasn’t a part of the plan, then why was there an incident on Ross’ yacht?