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FOXBOROUGH — The Dolphins “have narrowed the focus” of their head coaching search to Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores, according to NFL Media on Friday.

The longtime New England assistant was the first person to interview for the vacancy. Miami’s general manager is Massachusetts native Chris Grier.

Flores also had interviewed with the Browns and Broncos.

Under league rules, the Dolphins cannot strike a deal with Flores until the Patriots’ season is over. Flores appears to be Miami’s choice, according to multiple reports.

Flores, 37, formerly was a linebackers coach at Boston College and with the Patriots.

The Dolphins fired Adam Gase, who went 23-26 in his three seasons.

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If Flores departs, it will be the second straight year the Patriots have lost their de facto defensive coordinator. Matt Patricia left last season to become coach of the Lions..


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