Report: Cardinals request interview with Steelers' Flores for head coaching job
The Arizona Cardinals have requested permission from the Pittsburgh Steelers to interview linebackers coach Brian Flores for their vacant head coaching position, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Flores was the Miami Dolphins' head coach from 2019-21, posting a 24-25 record before being controversially fired in January 2022.
The 41-year-old filed a lawsuit against the NFL and three teams - the Dolphins, the New York Giants, and the Denver Broncos - following his dismissal in Miami, alleging racial discrimination in hiring practices.
Flores also said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered him $100,000 per loss during the 2019 season. However, after an independent investigation, the NFL didn't find evidence supporting the tanking allegations.
The league did conclude that Miami had impermissible communications with Tom Brady and former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. Ross was suspended and handed a $1.5-million fine, and the Dolphins were stripped of their 2023 first-round pick and their 2024 third-rounder.
Flores was a hot candidate after being fired by Miami, interviewing with the Giants, Saints, Chicago Bears, and Houston Texans. But after filing his lawsuit, he joined the Steelers as a senior assistant.
The Cardinals, which fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, are the first team this offseason to request an interview with Flores for a head coaching job. The Cleveland Browns requested to speak to him about their defensive coordinator position.