Brian Flores has emerged as the leading candidate for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job.

Flores served as the de facto defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots this season after the departure of Matt Patricia to the Lions.

Chris Grier “has long thought highly” of Flores and that there was strong buzz in league circles about Flores’ chances of landing the job in Miami.

No deal is in place yet and nothing can become official until the Patriots' season is over.