Source: Former Dolphins coach Flores wanted oversight of football decisions

Former Dolphins coach Brian Flores "already was essentially running the Dolphins building," but he "wanted even more control," according to a source cited by Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. He wanted the authority "formalized, to eliminate the contract annoyance" of GM Chris Grier "having final say on the draft and free agency." He wanted "more power in everything, final say on virtually everything," and he "wanted more people to report to him." Grier, who likes to avoid conflict, basically "gave Flores everything he wanted." There was not a single player on the roster that Flores "didn't sign off on." A source said that people "need to stop blaming Grier entirely for the personnel moves that didn't work out the past three years and blame them both equally." There were plenty of examples of Flores "demanding his way on things that weren't necessarily under his domain." He lobbied for the "dismissal of Matt Taylor, the team's top football media relations person, last spring, over the objections of the two executives who wanted to keep him, including team president Tom Garfinkel." The source said that Grier has "aligned himself with Garfinkel" -- who has Owner Stephen Ross' ear -- and Grier's "ability to get along with people and be a good soldier carries weight" with Ross. Grier also is "respectful to the owner" (MIAMI HERALD, 1/12).

MORE TO THE STORY: Peter King said there was "absolutely no way” Ross would have fired Flores “without there being 10 stories, or at least three or four big stories, underneath the surface that we really don't know yet.” King noted there had been numerous comings and goings of assistant coaches on the Dolphins staff and asked, “What in the world is going on inside that building that makes some of the most important positions on a coaching staff churn the way they did for the Dolphins? I don’t know the answer to that but I do think all that is a part of what happened” (“Maggie & Perloff,” CBSSN, 1/11). FS1’s Colin Cowherd said of the relationship between Flores and Grier, “Ideally, you’d like to get along but it’s not necessary.” Cowherd: “All I keep hearing about is how difficult Brian Flores is. ‘He keeps firing this guy and getting rid of that guy.’ That’s what the GM has been doing there for over a decade” (“The Herd,” FS1, 1/11).

SBJ Spotlight: TikTok’s threat to traditional sports media

While tech companies are consumed with finding ways to compete with TikTok, almost no one in conventional media “spends any time talking about it,” said Recode senior correspondent Peter Kafka in an Spotlight interview with SBJ’s John Ourand. “To me, that’s just an obvious disconnect.” Kafka authored a recent column headlined, “It’s TikTok’s world. Can TV live in it?” He said the main response to TikTok’s growth from traditional media execs has been to “punt and hope it’s someone else’s problem a quarter from now or two years from now.” But Kafka said that ignores the trend of conventional broadcast audiences growing older while a billion younger consumers spend most of their media time watching short video after short video. “If you’re in the business of getting anyone under the age of 30 to look at what you’re putting on a screen, you have to think about the fact that you’re probably asking them to put down TikTok and watch your thing instead,” said Kafka. “That’s a very difficult ask. … [TikTok] is insanely addictive.”

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