Beuerlein: Flores Wrong To Publicly Criticize Rosen

Steve Beuerlein did not like Brian Flores' public critique of Josh Rosen

Reiter Than You
August 21, 2019 - 9:45 pm
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Brian Flores, who helped the Patriots win four Super Bowl titles working under Bill Belichick, enters his first season as an NFL head coach. 

And he may have make a rookie mistake.

Flores, 38, told reporters that former first-round pick Josh Rosen is not ready to start in the NFL and that a sink-or-swim mentality might not be good for him.

Former NFL quarterback and current CBS Sports NFL analyst Steve Beuerlein has a problem with that.

“Yeah, I do. I do have a problem with that,” Beuerlein said on Reiter Than You. “I think that’s a combination of inexperience out of Flores ad maybe frustration as well. Maybe he’s trying to establish himself as a no-nonsense, no-holds-barred type of a head coach. There’s been coaches like that in the past that have employed that kind of a mentality.”

Beuerlein, in fact, played for one.

“I’m not comparing Brian Flores to Buddy Ryan, but Buddy Ryan was a guy that I played for that used to openly call his players out in public and say things that most other coaches would keep internal,” Beuerlein said. “Flores is obviously a much different personality than a Buddy Ryan, but in general when you’re calling players out publicly and making statements like that, it doesn’t go over real well in the locker room.”

Indeed, Flores may have just learned his first lesson as a head coach.

“I think he’s going to learn as he goes along here that certain things are better left unsaid,” Beuerlein said. “Even if you feel very strongly about it, that’s not something you want to air out publicly because now his quarterback is going to have to deal with questions about what his coach said. His teammates are going to have to defend him now, and it just leads to a lot more distraction and lack of focus than a team really needs to take on. There’s enough challenges as it is, as we all know, in the daily life of an NFL player and NFL coach than to bring this kind of stuff on. . . . To borrow a quote from Brian Flores, sometimes guys just aren’t ready to be head coaches.”

The Dolphins open the season at home against the Ravens on Sept. 8.

Click below to listen to Beuerlein’s interview in its entirety.