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Tomlin Specifically Says Brian Flores ‘Will Help Me’

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Tomlin Specifically Says Brian Flores ‘Will Help Me’

On Sunday, Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin held his first press conference of the new league year. With the Steelers busy the last few weeks with Pro Days and free agency, there was a lot for Tomlin to cover. One of the topics covered was the addition of ex-Dolphin’s Head Coach Brian Flores to his coaching staff.

Flores was shockingly fired by the Miami Dolphins after leading the Dolphins to back to back seasons above .500 for the first time in 20 years. Flores’ official title will be Senior Defensive Assistant and Linebacker Coach. Specifically, Flores will coach the Steelers’ inside linebackers. Tomlin expanded a little bit on how Flores will help him, and the Steelers in 2022:

“Senior defensive assistant and linebacker coach is his title, but there’s so many ways that he’s going to help us and help me,” Tomlin said. “His contributions are going to be significant.”

 

It’s noteworthy to highlight the fact that Tomlin said specifically that he will ‘help me’. Flores doesn’t have anywhere near the experience that Tomlin has, but he’s considered one of the brightest minds in the game. Flores worked for the New England Patriots for 10 years starting as a special teams assistant before moving to the defensive side of the ball. He transitioned from safeties coach to linebacker coach before the Dolphins hired him to be their head coach.

After Flores was fired from the Dolphins, he came out with a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming that NFL teams were giving interviews to minorities to only satisfy the Rooney Rule. He also claimed that Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross had offered him $100,000 to lose games in an effort to help their draft position. There was a possibility that Flores would be black balled by NFL ownership, even though he was considered a top name available for a coaching position.

It wasn’t until a friendly conversation with Tomlin did Flores end up with a new job.

“I wanted to stay close to Brian when his legal issues started. I just didn’t want him to feel like he was on an island. From a coaching fraternity standpoint, I owed him that. … I was in position to provide that.”

 

Tomlin, one of only a few minority head coaches left, was able to help his friend. That help turned into something that will benefit the Steelers greatly. Flores will be tasked with fixing linebacker Devin Bush, and he also acquired a shiny new toy last week when the Steelers signed Myles Jack.

“To have an opportunity to impact the game in a positive way, to impact society in a positive way,” Tomlin said on the significance of hiring Flores. “It’s continually an honor to be a part of something that the Rooney family started and led for a long time before my existence here.”

With Teryl Austin taking over as defensive coordinator, and Flores on the sidelines, there will be change on defense. It won’t be significant, but if all of these great defensive minds can fix the little things, this Steelers defense can be the best it’s been in years.

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  1. Al

    March 28, 2022 at 7:22 am

    Unless Olsavsky retired, which I wouldn’t be too surprised at since the death of his wife, Flores will coach the outside linebackers NOT the inside linebackers.

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