Brian Flores to join Pittsburgh Steelers as linebackers coach despite ongoing NFL lawsuit
Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the NFL has just taken a surprising turn as the Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Saturday that the former Miami Dolphins head coach is joining their team. For the 2022 season, Flores will begin working with the Steelers as a senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach.
“I am thrilled to have Brian Flores join our coaching staff given his experience developing and teaching defensive players during his time in the NFL,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. Press. “Brian’s resume speaks for itself, and I look forward to him adding his expertise to help our team.”
Flores’ NFL history, however, became the basis of a high-profile lawsuit filed earlier this month against the League, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos. The complaint alleges that in hiring and firing tactics, the organization discriminates against black coaches.
Flores, 40, filed suit after being fired from the Dolphins in January after just three seasons and following a glaring mistake made by New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as Flores was preparing to interview for the head coach. work with the Giants that same month.
The lawsuit also contains screenshots of text messages that Belichick sent to Flores, believing he had texted Brian Daboll.
“Looks like you’ve landed, congratulations!” Belichick wrote on Jan. 24.
“Did you hear something I didn’t hear?” Flores replied
“Giants?!?!?!” Belichick replied
“I’m interviewing on Thursday,” Flores texted. “I think I have a chance.”
But when Flores asked, “Coach, are you talking to Brian Flores or Brian Daboll,” Belichick realized his mistake.
“Sorry, I screwed it up,” Belichick replied. “I checked and misread the text. I think they name Daboll. I’m sorry about that. BB.”
In his complaint, Flores claims he was often only called in to interview for head coaching positions so the NFL could meet the standards set by the Rooney Rule, an organizational policy intended to diversify coaching practices. ‘hiring.
The pattern of behavior, Flores alleges in his complaint, reveals that the NFL is “riddled with racism, especially when it comes to the hiring and retention of black coaches, coordinators and general managers.”
Flores will now join the NFL payroll as he pursues his case. In his new position with the Steelers, who finished the 2021 season with a 9-7 record, Flores will join the only team in the league that employs a black head coach, Mike Tomlin.