Brian Flores recently filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL and several of its franchises. Flores has alleged that the league and some of its member teams engaged in racial discrimination in their hiring practices. Flores maintained that he still wanted to be a head coach in the league despite the allegations.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been a model for hiring minority candidates. The NFL’s so-called “Rooney Rule” states that each team must interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operations jobs. It was named after the Steeler’s late owner, Dan Rooney.

The team has stuck to their guns and now has hired Brian Flores. Flores will serve as the team’s senior defensive assistant coach. Brian will also serve as linebackers coach, according to the Steelers’ website. Tomlin said that coach Flores’ resume speaks for itself.

“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. Brian’s resume speaks for itself, and I look forward to him adding his expertise to help our team.”

Brian Flores spent three seasons as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, compiling a 24-25 record. The team achieved their first back-to-back winning seasons in nearly two decades under Flores. Mike Tomlin is hoping Miami’s loss is the Steelers’ gain.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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