Myles Jack says he and Brian Flores have something to prove with the Steelers

Myles Jack couldn’t hide his excitement shortly after officially becoming a member of the Steelers. For the majority of his introductory press with the Pittsburgh media, the former Jaguars linebacker flashed a mile-long smile while describing his excitement to join the Steelers defense.

In addition to teaming up with All-Pros Cam Heyward and TJ Watt, Jack is also thrilled to partner with Brian Flores, who earlier this offseason was named Pittsburgh’s new senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach. Flores was added to the Steelers coaching staff after being unceremoniously fired by the Dolphins as he became Miami’s first head coach in nearly 20 years to post consecutive winning seasons.

“He’s a great coach,” Jack said of Flores, who before coming to Miami won four Super Bowls as a Patriots staffer. “I saw what he did last year in Miami, how he turned everything around. I think it was amazing what he did. After telling coach Tomlin we were definitely going to to make that happen, I actually had the opportunity to speak with Coach Flores, and we both came to an agreement that we both had something to prove. feeling like I belong in her situation and myself feeling liberated, I feel like I have a second chance at life. I’m just super excited.

“I feel like we kind of vibrated about that connection. I’m very excited to work with him and see what I can learn and see how we can collaborate to move things forward.”

Love Flores, Jack had a surprising exit from a franchise where he found success. In 2017, Jack helped the Jaguars upset the heavily favored Steelers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. His interception of Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter set up the first touchdown of the game, as the Jaguars left Pittsburgh with a 45-42 victory. While he helped calm the sold-out Heinz Field crowd that day, Jack hopes to give Steelers fans plenty to cheer about in the years to come.

“It’s definitely a great memory,” Jack said of that game. “I think the main thing I remember is the fans and the energy. It’s almost something of a movie coming here to play and see these towels go and everything. … The fans were so into it. Even the Steelers players, they were feeding on the energy of the fans, that’s a real thing.”

Jack hopes to add his name to the roster of Steelers linebackers who have helped deliver a championship to Pittsburgh, a roster of players that includes Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, Andy Russell, James Farrior and James Harrison. The Steelers, a 9-7-1 team in 2021, put themselves in a position to compete to win the AFC North Division after acquiring Jack, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, offensive linemen James Daniels and Mason Cole, and former All-Pro special teams ace Gunner Olszewski in free agency.

“The organization, just the story behind the defense as a whole, being part of the Steelers, I think there’s just an expectation, it’s a mentality you have to have to be part of it,” said Jack. “I’m just super excited to play ball, make plays and contribute. That’s all I really want to do is help the Steelers win a championship.”

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