When the Pittsburgh Steelers made the shock rent of former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores as the brand new senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach, the black and gold knew they had been getting an intense, simple, no nonsense coach who demanded excellence out of his gamers.
That was on full show all through OTAs and minicamp, but it surely’s been raised a degree in coaching camp by way of 4 practices. Entering a pivotal season within the careers of Devin Bush and Myles Jack, the Steelers are hoping to see a significant bounce again from the within linebacker place in 2022 after a dismal 2021 season from Bush and Robert Spillane general.
With Flores within the fold, the Steelers are banking on him getting the very best out of a younger linebacker group general, in flip making the Steelers a greater protection and a greater group general.
So far, that appears to be working because the Steelers’ linebacker group has seemed good by way of 4 practices at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, whereas additionally going by way of a significant rotation general throughout the three groups. Speaking to reporters after practice Friday in Latrobe, Steelers linebacker Robert Spillane again spoke highly of Flores, stating that he appreciates how concise and clear the veteran coach is, and the way he doesn’t mince phrases so far as his expectations go.
“In terms of Flo [Flores], you know, he is a coach with head coaching experience. He could be a head coach in this league. So to have that in our room, working with him every day is really special,” Spillane stated to reporters, according to video via Steelers.com. “I’m glad to be able to do that. …I mean, just in terms of clearing things up for guys, he’s very concise and he doesn’t mince his words. He knows what he wants and he expects us to get it done. So I love working with him.”
Having a coach who not solely communicates clearly and immediately, however can be up entrance and sincere about his expectations general is a big increase for any group in skilled sports activities, not to mention the Steelers. That’s not saying that the Steelers didn’t have that previously with a man like now-retired defensive coordinator Keith Butler, however the addition of Flores to the teaching workers offers the Steelers a brand new, contemporary set of eyes with a distinct type of teaching, which appears to have woken everybody up within the linebacker room, pushing them to a brand new degree.
That’s precisely what the Steelers had been aiming for when head coach Mike Tomlin and proprietor Art Rooney II introduced Flores into the combination, maintaining him with the NFL circle after he filed a lawsuit towards the NFL alleging racial discrimination in had teaching searches. Despite all of the noise happening round him legally, Flores has been as much as the duty because the Steelers’ senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach, working intently with guys like Bush, Jack and Spillane in an effort to get essentially the most out of them.
“He is very clear. He’s open minded. He’s willing to work with players,” Spillane added, according to video via Steelers.com. “He wants to see what we’re seeing on the field, what we’re saying on the field. So I love working with him.”