MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The year was 2008. Brian Flores was elevated from his scouting role and became a full-fledged NFL assistant coach with New England in what would be Mike Vrabel's final season playing linebacker for the Patriots.
So, officially, Flores coached Vrabel.
Flores doesn't remember it quite that way.
"I didn't coach Vrabel," he said. "I would say he probably more coached me as a young guy in New England when he was there and he was a player. He was pretty much a coach on the field then. I certainly didn't coach him, but I have a lot of respect for him."
Semantics of who coached whom notwithstanding, there's no debating that Flores and Vrabel will both be coaching Sunday, when Flores and the Miami Dolphins visit Vrabel and the Tennessee Titans in a game with massive playoff implications for both teams.