PITTSBURGH – Just about everyone in the NFL world was surprised when the Dolphins decided to fire Brian Flores back in January. Flores finished his three-year tenure with an overall record of 24-25, but managed to lead Miami to a combined record of 19-14 over the last two seasons. He just barley missed the postseason in each year.

Flores was eventually hired by Mike Tomlin and the Steelers in late March. Owner Art Rooney II did not mince words when stating why the Steelers brought in Flores to be a senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach.

“We hired Brian because we think he is a qualified coach and will be an asset to us,” Rooney II told reporters at the NFL owners meeting.

Mike Tomlin offered his input during the owners meeting, as well.

“It doesn’t require a lot of time to come to the realization that you could use a Brian Flores on your staff,” said Tomlin. “There are so many ways that he’s going to help us and help me in particular. I love sharpening my sword on his and gaining perspective that his experiences provide, that wise counsel.”

Rooney and Tomlin were correct in their assessments. In fact, they may have even undersold things, a bit.

But, not to worry. Steelers linebacker Myles Jack recently made it clear what it’s really like having Flores on the staff.

“He’s like having a cheat sheet as a coach,” Jack said via The Athletic.

It’s not just Jack who’s noticing how much Flores impacts the defense, either.

“He’s a bulldog,” said Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds. “You can tell by just the way he talks that he has a military mentality and wants everything to be on point and not letting anybody slack off. We need that. We need that in the back end, we need that with the linebackers for the communication.”

That’s great news for a Steelers defense that saw its fair share of struggles in 2021, especially in regard to stopping the run. Flores’ experience is a weapon for the Steelers and while he won’t be on the field, himself, his teachings and his ability to effectively communicate with the players will certainly translate in-between the sidelines.

Flores is a secret weapon for the Steelers, plain and simple. He isn’t like the overwhelming majority of fired head coaches. He should be a head coach still, right now. And the Steelers will be better off in 2022 because of him.

“He’s a great coach, and he should be a coach in this league,” said Jack. “He is very detailed and very specific, and he lets you know exactly what he expects from you. You know what you are getting from him, and I enjoy it.”

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