Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has a new home.

Brian Flores joins Pittsburgh Steelers as defensive assistant/LB coach

 

On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the hiring of Flores, who is suing the NFL and three teams, as a defensive assistant and linebacker coach.

“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,” 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.”

The hiring of Flores significantly strengthens a defensive unit that recently saw the promotion of Teryl Austin to defensive coordinator following the retirement of Keith Butler, who also coached the team’s outside linebackers.

Flores has spent the past three seasons as Miami’s head coach, compiling a 24-25 record before being fired last month. And before that, he was the defensive playcaller of the New England Patriots, included in Super Bowl LIII.

Flores, 40, filed a lawsuit this month against the NFL and the Giants, Dolphins and Broncos, alleging discrimination in the interview process with New York and Denver and in Miami’s firing.

In the lawsuit, Flores alleged, among other things, that Dolphins owner Steven Ross offered him $100,000 for every loss in 2019 to win the first pick in the draft.

Flores also claimed that the Giants only interviewed him in January for the head coaching position to comply with the Rooney rule, and he said a similar scenario played out in 2019 during the Broncos interview process.

The NFL has hired a law firm that includes former United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch to defend against Flores’ claims.

Despite the Steelers’ hiring of Flores, his attorney, Douglas H. Wigdor, released a statement on Saturday indicating that the lawsuit against the league 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.