Without a doubt, the Pittsburgh Steelers saved Brian Flores’ coaching career.
Despite the lawsuit he filed against the league and a number of its teams, the Steelers hired him as a linebackers coach for at least the 2022 season.
It’s another example of the Steelers doing what’s right after the Rooney Rule was established league-wide.
However, it is unfortunate that an equal opportunities policy is not well implemented and that is why Flores has put his future on the line.
Instead, he’s working with head coach Mike Tomlin and reigning Defensive Player of the Year TJ Watt.
Unfortunately, the position he will occupy is not up to what he has done in the league.
Brian Flores might be the most overqualified linebacker coach in NFL history. He is one of the top 15 head coaches.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) February 19, 2022
A tweet from Pittsburgh sports radio host Andrew Fillipponi said, “Brian Flores might be the most overqualified linebackers coach in NFL history. He is one of the top 15 head coaches.
His words are on point, especially with what he accomplished in his final season with the Miami Dolphins.
From cellar dweller to competitor
Forget the 10-win season he had in 2020, even though that’s just as impressive.
Flores’ run with the Dolphins last season is more notable.
At one point the team was 1-7 down and considered a laughing stock.
But they kept winning until they were vying for a playoff spot.
While Miami missed the playoffs, finishing at 9-8 should be enough to keep their job.
Unfortunately, he fell victim to the Dolphins power struggle which fired him after three seasons.
With the Steelers, he joins a team that does not try to lose as often as possible because Tomlin does not yet have a losing record in 15 seasons.
The other defensive coaches will also learn a lot of wisdom from him.
Still, he should be an NFL head coach with or without a trial.