Larry Brooks - Next D Line Coach??/Fun With Titles At Redskins Park
Certainly looks like Larry Brooks is a strong candidate to be defensive line coach. He interviewed today. Saw him at Redskins Park. Brooks was Greg Blache's defensive line coach in Chicago and they also worked together in Green Bay. (He's part of the Mariucci family, also, for what that's worth).
"That's Blache's right-hand man," one NFL source said. "There's a lot of trust there. If he's in there today, then I'm telling you that's Blache's guy."
Brooks, 57, is already versed in the technique and terminology that Blache teaches - Blache was formerly Washington's D Line coach before his promotion to head of the defense on Saturday - and they have a long history together. Brooks spend 2006 with Arizona and has worked for Seattle, Chicago, Green Bay and Detroit as well. He was also a member of Steve Mariucci's staff with the Lions for his two seasons there - for those of you playing the connect-the-dots game at home - and worked under Mariucci's mentor - Mike Holmgren - for nine seasons in all. Mariucci and Brooks coached together for two years in Green Bay. (West Coast in the house).
Brooks has been touring the facility with Blache today, making the rounds. He is a native of Prince George, Virginia and attended Virginia State. Was a fierce defensive tackle back in the day and made the Pro Bowl 5 years in a row with the Rams (1976-1980)
Also waiting to see what the promotion of Scott Campbell, formerly head of college scouting means for Louis Riddick. Campbell is now director of player personnel; Riddick was the director of pro personnel last season and to this point the team has made no announcement of a change in his status (many scouts and execs were entering the final year of their deals, so some movement in this regard was inevitable).
Spoke to some execs who found it odd that, after top dog Vinny Cerrato was promoted, Riddick was not next in line. (The again when you're hiring assistants before head coaches, etc, what's the difference, right?). Instead it was Campbell, who is thought of highly and has served the organization well, who got the next promotion. According to execs, a director of player personnel designation would be slightly higher than pro personnel, with "player personnel" tied to both college and pro players, and thus more responsibility.
Riddick has been Cerrato's right-hand man for a long time and has spent seven years in the organization. We'll see if his title remains the same. The Redskins offered no clarification on Riddick's status when asked about it today. Riddick, contacted in his office, said: "That's something you need to talk to Vinny about."
Jason La Canfora
January 28, 2008; 4:15 PM ET
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