Brian Flores had other opportunities to coach, chose the Steelers

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It’s been presumed that former Dolphins coach Brian Flores had no opportunities to keep working in the NFL, after daring to advance his legal rights by filing a lawsuit against the league and several of its teams, and that the Steelers threw him a lifeline. That presumption may not be accurate.

In a new interview with Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com, Pittsburgh’s senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach said he had opportunities to coach elsewhere before choosing the Steelers.

Flores seems to be very happy with his selection.

“It’s been great, a lot of fun,” Flores told Kaboly. “There is a lot of conversation and a lot of creative ideas, thoughts. It has been a great experience so far, and I’m excited about those moments when I get to sit in those meetings. I am learning a lot, and it has been a great experience for me. I would like to think that I have been in some good places and around some good coaches. Coach [Mike Tomlin], [defensive coordinator Teryl Austin] take a back seat to none of them.”

Flores has indeed been around a lot of great coaches. Including the greatest of them all in Bill Belichick.

One thing Flores has developed is a strong attitude regarding punctuality of his players.

“Early is on time, on time is late,” Flores told Kaboly. “There is a lot for us to have to accomplish in a short period of time, and that minute of information might be the difference it takes to make a play or not.”

He’s right. And making that one play in that one game can be the difference in winning or losing a game. And that win or loss, when Week 18 rolls around, can be the difference between making the playoffs or winning the division or getting a better spot on the playoff tree.

Flores gets a chance to give the Steelers an edge in making a key play in a key spot on Sunday, when his long-time team comes to town. He’s a not-so-secret secret weapon for the Steelers, who currently are 2.5-point underdogs against the Patriots. For some reason.

Brian Flores had other opportunities to coach, chose the Steelers originally appeared on Pro Football Talk