Dec 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) walks around the field during warmups before playing the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

If there are any hard feelings between Minkah Fitzpatrick and former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, the Steelers star put those rumors to rest on Thursday.

Fitzpatrick was a first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2018 but was later traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers. At the time of the trade, Fitzpatrick felt as if the Dolphins and Flores didn’t use him correctly and that the pair didn’t see eye-to-eye.

Flores is now a defensive assistant and linebacker coach for the Steelers, which means he’ll be working directly with Fitzpatrick.  The recently resigned safety says he has evolved as a player and as a person since he came to Pittsburgh.

I’ve evolved a lot,” Fitzpatrick said. “My first game as a Steeler in San Francisco was my first time playing full-time free safety. My first two games in Miami I was moving around a bit, and that was the only time I played free safety before in the league. I played there in like four games in college. But I think from that time now, I’ve learned the type of player I am. I’ve learned my strengths and weaknesses. I feel like being able to form my identity has helped me evolve into the player I am today.”

And as far as his relationship with Flores goes, Fitzpatrick says things will be just fine.

“You know, Coach Flores is a great coach,” said Fitzpatrick. “He’s a smart guy. He’s a guy that lives to a high standard and a piece that I think we really needed. He’s a real detail-oriented guy. He is a detail-oriented coach. He won’t let things get brushed to the side. He is going to address them directly. He might not tell you how you want to hear it, but he’s going to tell you. That’s important to have in the locker room. When you have guys in there with egos and that, he’s still going to get on you. He’s a great coach and I’m excited to have him. He’s focused on winning and I’m happy to have him here.”

Sounds like all is well between the two.


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