Former Dolphins coach Brian Flores finds next landing spot – The Mercury News

Brian Flores, the former Miami Dolphins coach who filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL claiming racially discriminating hiring practices after being fired on Jan. 10, has found his next destination.

Flores was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday as a senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach, the Steelers announced.

Flores went 24-25 over three seasons as Dolphins head coach, fired despite back-to-back winning seasons in Miami and winning eight of his last nine games. Dolphins owner Steve Ross alluded to Flores’ lack of communication and collaboration when he let Flores go.

In the midst of Flores missing out on the other eight head coaching openings that came up following the regular season, Flores filed the lawsuit. His most damning claim against the Dolphins was that Ross offered him financial incentive to tank in his first season in 2019. Ross has vehemently denied the allegations.

Many believed that Flores could become the Colin Kaepernick of NFL coaches after filing the suit and be left without of a job all together until Pittsburgh hired Flores on Saturday. At the time of Flores’ lawsuit, the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin was the one active Black head coach in the NFL. Since, the Dolphins hired Mike McDaniel, who is biracial with a Black father, and the Houston Texans promoted Lovie Smith for their head coaching vacancy. Flores was still up for the Texans and Saints’ head roles when he and his lawyers put the lawsuit together.

“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,” said Tomlin in a statement. “Brian’s resume speaks for himself, and I look forward to him adding his expertise to help our team.”

The Steelers are slated to visit Miami for a game against the Dolphins in the 2022 season at a date to be determined.

This story will be updated.

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