"We have agreed -- just an hour ago -- to terms with Larry Brooks," said Lions head coach Steve Mariucci. "[He] was the defensive line coach with the Bears last year and was on that Green Bay staff when Dick and I were there...with...you know the bunch of them, you know... that bunch, " Mariucci recalled laughingly. "He was here for an interview this week and I called him this afternoon and offered him the job and he accepted. He'll be here tomorrow."
Brooks will replace former defensive line coach George Dyer, who was terminated following the regular season.
Brooks packages a wealth of experience in the National Football League, including 11 years as a player and perennial Pro Bowl defensive tackle, and 13 years as an assistant coach.
He spent last year with Chicago.
Brooks' most memorable coaching stint was possibly with Green Bay between 1994 and 1998, where he helped shape the memorable 1996 and 1997 Super Bowl-bound defensive lines that included Reggie White, Santana Dotson, and Gilbert Brown.
Brooks followed then-Packers' head coach Mike Holmgren to Seattle in 1999, but was fired in 2002 in a restructuring move.
LionsFans.com has also learned that former defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer, who lost his position to recent hire Dick Jauron, will not return to the Lions. Schottenheimer was being considered in another role on the coaching staff, likely in the secondary, but the two sides decided to part ways.
"We shook hands on Monday and wished each other good luck. He's a good coach and my guess is that he would have several opportunities," said Mariucci who confirmed the final decision to leave was Schottenheimer's.
A secondary coach is expected to be named by the end of the week.