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PITTSBURGH – Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has a new home.
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the hiring of Flores, who is suing the NFL and three teams, as a defensive assistant and linebacker coach on Saturday.
“I’m excited about Brian Flores joining our coaching staff because of his history of developing and teaching defenders 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.”
Flores’ hiring significantly boosts a defensive unit that recently saw the promotion of Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator after the retirement of Keith Butler, who also coached the team’s external linebackers.
Flores spent the past three seasons as Miami’s head coach, compiling a record of 24-25 before being fired last month. And before that, he was the defensive playcaller for the New England Patriots, including in Super Bowl LIII.
Flores, 40, filed a lawsuit against the NFL and Giants, Dolphins and Broncos this month alleging discrimination in the interview process with New York and Denver and in his firing from Miami.
In the lawsuit, Flores claimed, among other things, that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered him $ 100,000 for every loss in 2019 in an attempt to fight for a top-draft pick.
Flores also claimed that the Giants only interviewed him for their vacant head coach in January to comply with the Rooney rule, and he said a similar scenario unfolded in 2019 during an interview process with the Broncos.
The NFL has hired a law firm that includes former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to defend itself against Flores’ allegations.
Despite the Steelers’ hiring of Flores, his attorney, Douglas H. Wigdor, issued a statement 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 racial class action lawsuit so that real changes can be made in the NFL,” Wigdor said.