Vikings Coaching Staff | Minnesota Vikings - vikings.com
The Minnesota Vikings named Brian Flores defensive coordinator on February 6, 2023. Flores spent the 2022 season as the senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers and brings almost two decades of NFL experience to Head Coach Kevin O'Connell's staff.
In one season with Pittsburgh, Flores led a defense that gave up just seven rushing touchdowns, which tied with New England for the fewest allowed in the NFL in 2022. Pittsburgh's opponents also had the league's sixth-lowest completion percentage (61.3%). Under Flores' guidance, linebacker Alex Highsmith tallied a career-high 14.5 sacks, the sixth-most in the NFL, and tied for the league lead with five forced fumbles. Flores was instrumental in helping All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt record 39 tackles, 5.5 sacks and five passes defensed in only 10 games played, leading him to his fifth-consecutive Pro Bowl selection. With Watt in the lineup in 2022, Pittsburgh posted an 8-2 record, allowed only 16.9 points per game, and registered 32 sacks and 18 takeaways.