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On The Beat: Talking Fish tanks, Brian Flores and players to watch with Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald

Every week, we up our prep on the Patriots’ next opponent with our “5 questions…” feature where we check in with a writer who covers New England’s next opponent. For this week’s game against the Floundering Fish, we talk with old buddy — keyword being old — Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Check him out on Twitter here.

1. OK Mando ... you've covered the Dolphins for a long time, how many plagues are we up to for this franchise? What the hell is going on there?

Right now it looks like more of the same. The Dolphins didn’t expect Brian Flores to bring Tom Brady with him from New England but the level of expertise I saw from the New England defense at the Super Bowl was not brought by their defensive play-caller with him to the Miami opener.

2. A lot of people are rooting for Brian Flores up here. We didn't hear from him much with the Patriots ... what are your impressions of him? Are they going to stick with him or is he a tank patsy/placeholder?