Thankfully, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has been welcomed with open arms in Pittsburgh. This past weekend, The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Flores as a defensive assistant and linebackers coach, according to Brooke Pryor for ESPN .
“I am excited about Brian Flores joining our coaching staff. Given his history of developing and teaching defensive players during his time in the NFL,” Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a news release. “Brian’s resume speaks for itself, and I look forward to him adding his expertise to help our team.”
We have named Brian Flores as our senior defensive assistant/linebackers.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) February 19, 2022
Flores gives the Steelers a boost defensively where they seemed to struggle this previous year. The Steeler’s latest defensive coordinator (DC), Keith Butler, retired. This allowed Teryl Austin to be promoted to DC and Flores as an assistant. While many believe this is beyond a step down for Flores; there are groups of people who are extremely happy to see he’s received another chance. Several sources stated that he may be blackballed out of the league and ostracized for his latest actions against the NFL.
Why would the Pittsburgh Steelers sign Flores after the latest lawsuit?
Flores spent three seasons as Miami’s head coach, compiling a 24-25 record before being fired early January. Prior to Miami, he was the defensive play-caller for the New England Patriots and won Super Bowl LIII. He held the Los Angeles Rams to three points that game.
Flores filed a lawsuit against the NFL, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, and the Denver Broncos. In the lawsuit, he alleges discrimination in the interview process with New York and Denver and within his firing by Miami. He alleges that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered him $100,000 for every loss in 2019 in an effort to tank for draft capital.
Flores alleges the Giants only interviewed him for their head-coaching vacancy in January to comply with the Rooney Rule. He also claims similar instances took place with the Broncos during the 2019 interview, per ESPN.
It seems people thought because hot got hired the lawsuit was dropped. However, Flores’s lawyer, Douglas H. Wigdor, issued a statement indicating the lawsuit would continue.
“While Coach Flores is now focused on his new position, he will continue with his race discrimination class action so that real change can be made in the NFL,” said Wigdor.