With Dean Pees retiring, the Falcons are in the market for a defensive coordinator, and there might not be a better candidate available than Brian Flores, who will likely interview for the open position.
I'm told the Atlanta #Falcons have requested to interview Brian Flores for their defensive coordinator vacancy, per league source.
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Flores was egregiously ousted from his head coaching gig in Miami after an up-and-down tenure, primarily caused by owner Stephen Ross. How Flores has been treated since the termination remains one of the biggest warts in NFL history.
After leading Miami to a 24-25 record over three seasons, the Dolphins fired him in January 2022. Shortly after, he filed a lawsuit, seeking class-action status and unspecified damages from the NFL, Dolphins, Texans, and others.
The Steelers and Mike Tomlin hired Flores in the winter of last year to be the linebackers coach with ongoing litigation while the rest of the league was seemingly blackballing him. It’s an embarrassment.
Nevertheless, the man can coach and will likely move on from Pittsburgh. It’s a shame he might never be a head coach again, but any team would be lucky to have him coordinate their defense.
The Steelers have already granted permission for Flores to go on several interviews, so there’s no reason to believe the organization would block the interview with the Falcons.
Prior to his stint in Miami, Brian Flores worked under Bill Belichick for a decade as a special teams, safeties, and linebackers coach while serving as a scout for New England before then. He would be a home run hire for the Falcons, who desperately need new life on the defensive side of the ball.