Lions hire ex-Packers assistants

Beightol to coach offensive line, Brown wide receivers

New Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli has named Larry Beightol as offensive line coach and Kippy Brown as wide receivers coach of his new staff. Both are former Green Bay Packers assistant coaches.

Beightol was released by the Packers after serving in the same capacity for seven seasons in Green Bay. Brown coached Green Bay's running backs in 2000.

Since 1999, the Packers have allowed 179 sacks, the second fewest in the NFL (Indianapolis Colts, 140) during that span. In 2004, Green Bay tied for the fewest sacks (14) allowed in the NFL after tying for the second fewest (19) in 2003. The 4-12 Packers allowed 27 sacks last season, though, the offense was forced to pass often because it was often behind in the score.

During Beightol's tenure in Green Bay, his offensive lines have also been an integral part of one of the NFL's most consistent running attacks. The Packers had a running back rush for over 1,000 yards in six of his seven seasons in Green Bay (Ahman Green, 5; Dorsey Levens, 1) and their average yards-per-attempt (4.2) is tied for the ninth best in the NFL since 1999.

Entering his 22nd season coaching in the NFL, Beightol has also coached in Atlanta, Houston, Miami, New York Jets, San Diego and Tampa Bay.

In 1993, his New York Jets' offensive line surrendered a league-low 21 sacks and did not allow a quarterback takedown in a club record eight of 16 games. While with Miami (1996-98), his offensive line unit allowed the second-fewest sacks (22) in the NFL in 1997 and the third-fewest sacks (24) in 1998.

Before joining the NFL coaching ranks with Atlanta in 1985, Beightol coached 17 seasons at the collegiate level, which included one season as a head coach at Louisiana Tech (1979). He played guard and linebacker at Catawba College (1960-63) and was inducted into the school's sports hall of fame in 1993.

Brown arrives in Detroit after spending the last four seasons as the Houston Texans wide receivers coach. Among his pupils in Texas was WR Andre Johnson, who was taken by Houston with the third overall pick in the 2003 draft. He became the first Texans offensive player to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl. Johnson was selected to the Pro Bowl for his outstanding 2004 season that included club records of 79 receptions for 1,129 yards.

Before being hired by the Texans, Brown was the head coach of the XFL's Memphis Maniax. Brown previously served as the Packers running backs coach (2000) and helped guide Pro Bowl RB Ahman Green to his first career 1,000 yard season.

Brown worked together on the same coaching staffs as Beightol while both were with the New York Jets from 1990-92, Miami from 1996-98 and Green Bay in 2000.

From 1996-99, he was on Jimmy Johnson's Miami Dolphins coaching staff, where he was the offensive coordinator from 1998-99 and the running backs coach from 1996-97. In 1996, Brown helped RB Karim Abdul-Jabbar become the first Dolphins running back to reach 1,000 yards in 18 years, and in 1997 Abdul-Jabbar tied a league-high 15 rushing touchdowns.

In 1995, Brown was the running backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He served two seasons as the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach during his second stint at the University of Tennessee from 1993-94.

Brown's first NFL coaching position was with the New York Jets as running backs coach from 1990-92. In 1991, the Jets ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

Brown's first stint at Tennessee was from 1983-89 as wide receivers coach. Among the players he coached during that time were Anthony Miller, Tim McGee, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens. Prior to his arrival in Knoxville, he was the wide receivers coach at Louisville in 1982 where he coached future Dolphins great Mark Clayton. Browns' coaching career began at the University of Memphis State, where he coached the wide receivers from 1979-80 and the running backs in 1978. Brown was a starter at Memphis State at quarterback and graduated from MSU in 1977 with a degree in communications.

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