Brian Flores joins one of only two NFL franchises with a black head coach


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Oeeks after making headlines with a discrimination lawsuit against the NFL and several teams, Brian Flores has a new gig. the Pittsburgh Steelers announced On Saturday afternoon, Flores joined the franchise as the new defensive assistant/linebackers head coach.

The Steelers’ announcement highlighted Flores’ more than 14 years of coaching experience in the NFL as an advantage for the franchise.

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he was thrilled to add Flores to his team.

“I’m thrilled to have Brian Flores join our coaching staff given his history of developing and teaching defensive players during his time in the NFL,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “Brian’s resume speaks for itself, and I look forward to him adding his expertise to help our team.”

Flores moves forward with a new position, as does his lawsuit. Despite the new concert, The lawyers of Flores insist that the trial continue.

It’s no surprise that Flores has found a new coaching home with the Steelers. Until just over a week ago, Tomlin was the only black head coach in the league.

As sportswriter Chuck Modiano explained, the Steelers are “one of the [the] only teams that are not racist in hiring coaches.

The Rooney Rule was named after Dan Rooney, former Steelers owner and chairman of the league’s diversity committee. But simply requiring teams to interview a “minority candidate” does nothing to ensure greater parity in hiring.

One of Flores’ allegations in his lawsuit is that the New York Giants interviewed him to be consistent with the Rooney rule and without any real regard for the position. The NFL and the individual teams listed in the lawsuit deny Flores’ allegations, but it’s clear the league has a real problem.

As previously reported by NewsOne, new Miami Dolphin head coach Mike McDaniel is biracial and has a black father but doesn’t see race and doesn’t seem to identify with being black. When asked about his race previously, McDaniel indicated that he was human.

Two weeks ago, Steelers owner Art Rooney II acknowledged the delay to diversify the head coaches within the league. Although Rooney did not comment on Flores’ allegations, he did note that the league had work to do, but also said in a statement that there had been improvements in hiring for other positions.

the The Houston Texans recently announced hiring defensive coordinator Lovie Smith as the franchise’s new head coach, making him the second black head coach currently in the league.

“I realize how many black head coaches there are in the National Football League. There’s Mike Tomlin, and I think there’s me, I don’t know many others. So there is a problem, and it is obvious to us. And after there is a problem, what are you going to do about it? Smith said at an earlier press conference.


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