The Miami Dolphins are almost finished searching for their next head coach. ESPN has reported that they appear to be targeting New England Patriots defensive coach, Brian Flores. Miami has not made a deal yet, as they are awaiting New England's elimination from the playoffs, before making the hiring official.

The Dolphins front office has already met with Brian Flores, and they believe he is everything they are looking for in a head coach. Miami also believes they are the coach that can lead the team to bigger and better things. Miami is finishing a complete rebuild of the team and they believe Flores can build on that.

The Dolphins want to become a defensive-driven team

Flores is not the only man the Dolphins have met with. Miami has been targeting defense coaches including Dallas Cowboys' Kris Richard and New Orleans defensive coordinator. NFL Network has reported that Miami is attempting to shed itself of the offensive-driven identity created by Adam Gase.

Once a deal is reached, Flores will become one of the youngest coaches in the NFL. Teams across the league have been recently hiring young coaches including Green Bay's Matt LaFleur, Zac Taylor, and Kliff Kingsbury.

Flores would also be the second defensive driven head coach.

Brian Flores has been a lifelong NE Patriot

Flores has spent his life with the New England Patriots, starting out as a scouting assistant. Flores ended up taking over the reins as defensive coordinator when Matt Patricia was hired by the Detroit Lions as their head coach.

While waiting to see what happens in the post-season, the Dolphins have been wrapping up their remaining interviews. Miami just finished with Dowell Loggains and Darren Rizzi. However, it's apparent they are focused on Brian Flores becoming their new coach.

The Miami Herald has reported that the entire front office approves of Flores as the next head coach, including General Manager Chris Grier.

A deal cannot be made between Flores and Miami until the Patriots season is finished. The Patriots are facing off in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, which could potentially be Flores last game as the Patriots defensive coordinator. When a deal is official, it will conclude this wild coaching hiring spree that swept across the NFL, following the end of the regular season. If Flores is hired, it will take some time before we can see whether or not he is successful, how much pressure will Miami place on him to win or even reach the playoffs his first year.