Brian Flores' new employers (almost) admit they shouldn't have tried to hire him



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The Pittsburgh Steelers should not have had the opportunity to hire Brian Flores as a defensive assistant coach, according to team owners. Well, he never said that, but he might as well do it. Recall that Flores is suing the NFL and its three teams for racial discrimination. In that lawsuit, Flores said he was bracing for the possibility of his NFL career ending. But then a call came from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who at the start of the offseason was the only player in the NFL to have
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Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on October 31, 2021 in Orchard Park, N.Y. As senior defense assistant in December 2022. The hiring comes less than three weeks after Flores sued the NFL and three teams over alleged racist hiring practices after he was fired from Miami in January.

The Pittsburgh Steelers should not have had the opportunity to hire Brian Flores as a defensive assistant coach, according to team owners.



Well, he never said that, but he might as well do it. Recall that Flores is suing the NFL and its three teams for racial discrimination. In that lawsuit, Flores said he was bracing for the possibility of his NFL career ending. But then a call came from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who started this offseason as the only black man in the NFL to hold the title, offering advice and eventually a job offer.



How does Stiller's ownership feel? Finally, by default, Flores also sued the Steelers through an NFL-wide lawsuit, even though they were not named as defendants. As the lawsuit progresses, did the Steelers choose Flores to provide cover for the NFL?



Absolutely not, said Steelers president Rooney II. In an interview with ESPN, Rooney said the team hired Flores "because we think he's a quality coach who's going to be an asset to us," before admitting that his attitude might make things a little weird with all of it , and details his discussions with Tomlin about the Flores lease.



ESPN coach Mike Tomlin approached Rooney II earlier this month to hire Flores as an assistant coach, when it was clear that Flores would not be offered the head coaching job. Rooney II said his family's role in setting Rooney's rules did not force him to approve the hiring. "No, look, Mike came up to me and said he thought Brian was available and interested in coming, and he was interested in hiring him," Rooney II said. "That's when we started talking. We didn't discuss the Rooney rule or anything."

Regardless of whether you take Looney on the surface or not, one thing seems to be true: Flores is definitely a qualified coach who will be an asset to many teams outside of the Steelers. Adding Flores as linebacker coach and Tomlin's senior defensive assistant as head coach embarrassed team
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