Brooks agrees to become Redskins' defensive line coach

Updated: January 29, 2008, 9:33 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Continuing to add to a staff that still doesn't have a head coach, the Washington Redskins have reached an agreement in principle to hire veteran NFL assistant Larry Brooks as their defensive line coach.

The pending addition of Brooks, which will be finalized shortly, essentially completes the revamped Washington staff, except for one glaring exception.

Owner Daniel Snyder has yet to settle on a head coach to lead the staff, and will not name a successor to the retired Joe Gibbs until next Monday at the earliest.

Brooks, 57, was out of the league in 2007, and most recently served as the Arizona Cardinals' defensive line coach for the 2006 season. But he is regarded as a top-notch assistant, possesses 21 years of experience as a line coach, and is close to new Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache.

Primarily in charge of the defensive line, Blache was promoted to coordinator on Saturday, when the Redskins fired Gregg Williams from that position. Blache and Brooks worked together on staffs in Green Bay and Chicago. When Blache was the Bears' defensive coordinator in 2003, Brooks was his line coach.

Brooks was a standout defensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams for 11 seasons (1972-82), and was chosen to play in five Pro Bowl games.

After his retirement, Brooks worked as an assistant coach with the Rams for eight seasons (1983-90). His resume also includes stops at Green Bay (1994-98), Seattle (1999-2002), Chicago (2003), Detroit (2004-2005), and Arizona (2006).

Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

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