Minnesota Vikings Interviewing Brian Flores for Defensive Coordinator Today

The Minnesota Vikings are considering a former head coach to solve their defensive issues. According to SI's Albert Breer, the team is interviewing current Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Brian Flores for their defensive coordinator vacancy today.

Flores coached with the Steelers in 2022, but he is best known for his work as head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2019 to 2021. He was also a position coach for the New England Patriots from 2012 to 2018, an era in which they won three Super Bowls and played in a fourth. Flores managed a respectable 24-25 record in his three seasons with the Dolphins before being fired.

Flores famously sued the NFL for racial discrimination following the end of his tenure with the Dolphins, but it thankfully hasn't appeared to drastically diminish his NFL prospects. He has never served as defensive coordinator before, but his 2020 Dolphins ranked sixth in points allowed and first in takeaways. He also called defensive plays for the Patriots in 2018, a season in which they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. 

Any additional insight or scouting Flores has gathered in his time with the Steelers could serve the Vikings well. They ranked a dismal 28th in points allowed and 31st in yards allowed in 2022.

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