QB & defensive line coach hired
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Posted Feb 15, 2003


Dick Jauron completed his coaching staff Friday as team reached agreements with Greg Olson to be the team's quarterbacks coach and Larry Brooks to coach the defensive line. Now the Bears must shift their focus to finding players as the team prepares to head to the NFL scouting combine next week.

Both Olson and Brooks agreed to two-year contracts with the Bears. Olson becomes just the third quarterbacks coach in the 83-year history of the Bears franchise, joining Sid Luckman (1954, 1956-70) and John Shoop (1999-2000) as the only previous coaches to hold the position. Brooks brings 28 years of NFL playing and coaching experience to the Bears.

Jauron knows the hiring of both Olson and Brooks is just the first step in the process of turning the team around.

"I'm really pleased with both of the guys obviously," Jauron said. "We've got to go forward and build ourselves a better team."

Olson, who has coached quarterbacks Drew Brees, Jeff Garcia and Jon Kitna during his 16-year coaching career, joins the Bears after his second stint as an assistant coach at Purdue University. In 2002 he oversaw the Boilermakers tight ends while coordinating the squad's recruiting efforts.

The year prior, Olson was quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers, assisting in the development of Jeff Garcia who earned his second straight Pro Bowl appearance after completing 62.7 percent of his passes in 2001 for 3,538 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Jauron said Olson came highly recommended and that’s why the team was willing to wait until after the college-recruiting season to interview him.

"Greg was very impressive in his interview-you know his enthusiasm was outstanding," Jauron said. "I liked his passion-you could see it in his presentation when he answered questions-it was as if he couldn't wait to get up and get out on the field.

During his first stint at Purdue as a quarterbacks coach (1997-2000), Olson tutored two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Drew Brees (1999 and 2000). Brees was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000 and he left Purdue as the Big Ten's and school's all-time career leader in six offensive categories.

Prior to joining the Purdue staff in 1997, Olson coached the quarterbacks at Idaho from 1994 to 1996. From 1990 to 1993, Olson was offensive coordinator at Central Washington, his alma mater. The Wildcats topped NAIA schools in total offense in 1991 and 1993 while he helped develop quarterback Jon Kitna, who now starts for the Cincinnati Bengals after four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Olson was the starting quarterback at Central Washington in 1983 and 1984. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant the following season at Washington State (1987-89) and was on the same Cougars coaching staff with Purdue head coach Joe Tiller in 1989.

Brooks, a 17-year coaching veteran, spent the last four seasons as the defensive line coach of the Seattle Seahawks, following head coach Mike Holmgren from Green Bay where Brooks tutored the League's all-time sack leader Reggie White (1994-98). Prior to joining the Packers, he was an assistant coach at Virginia State (1992-93) and spent eight seasons with the Los Angeles Rams as an assistant defensive line coach (1983-90).

Brooks, one of the NFL's top defensive tackles during an 11-year playing career with the Rams (1972-1982), was named to the Pro Bowl for five consecutive seasons (1976-80) and was an All-Pro selection in 1977, 1978 and 1979. Drafted in the 14th round by the Rams in 1972 (355th overall), he became a starter midway through his rookie season and played an crucial role with linemates Jack Youngblood, Cody Jones and Fred Dryer as the Rams won seven consecutive NFC Western Division championships (1973-1979), played in three NFC Championship games (1974, 1975, 1976, 1979) and one Super Bowl (1/20/80 vs. Pittsburgh).

Brooks (defensive line) and Jauron (defensive backs) were part of the same defensive staff in 1994, guiding the Packers to a playoff win over the Lions before falling to Dallas in the Divisional Playoff.

"It's a good relationship and now that we are back together, it will continue to be a very productive one," Brooks said.


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