Without question, the Pittsburgh Steelers saved Brian Flores’ coaching career.
Despite the lawsuit he filed against the league and a number of its teams, the Steelers hired him as their linebackers coach for at least the 2022 season.
It’s another example of the Steelers doing what’s right after the Rooney Rule was established throughout the league.
However, it’s unfortunate that a policy on equal opportunity isn’t being implemented well and that’s why Flores placed his future on the line.
Instead, he gets to work with head coach Mike Tomlin and reigning Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt.
Unfortunately, the position he will be fulfilling isn’t on par with what he’s done in the league.
Brian Flores might be the most overqualified linebackers coach in NFL history. He’s a top 15 head coach.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) February 19, 2022
A tweet by Pittsburgh sports talk radio host Andrew Fillipponi said, “Brian Flores might be the most overqualified linebackers coach in NFL history. He’s a top 15 head coach.”
His words are spot on, especially with what he accomplished during his final season with the Miami Dolphins.
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Forget about the 10-win season he had in 2020, though that’s as impressive.
Flores’ run with the Dolphins last season is more remarkable.
At one point, the team was at 1-7 and regarded as a laughing stock.
But they kept on winning until they were competing for a playoff spot.
While Miami missed the postseason, finishing at 9-8 should be enough to keep his job.
Sadly, he became a victim of the Dolphins’ power struggle which got him fired after three seasons.
With the Steelers, he’s joining a team that doesn’t try to lose as often as possible because Tomlin is yet to have a losing record in 15 seasons.
The other coaches on defense will also pick up much wisdom from him.
Still, he should be an NFL head coach with or without the lawsuit.