He was the head coach of the Rams for three seasons (2006-08), and inherits the task of helping to improve an offense that in 2008 contributed to Detroit becoming the first NFL team to record an 0-16 record.
Linehan was Minnesota's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2002-04 -- some of the most productive seasons for quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who is now with Detroit. In the 2004-05 season with the Vikings, Culpepper passed for 4,717 yards and 39 touchdowns and finished with a 110.9 passer rating.
Both Linehan and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham join the staff of new Detroit Coach Jim Schwartz.
Elsewhere, Tampa Bay named Jim Bates its defensive coordinator; while Miami named five assistants, including Bryan Cox (defensive line coach) and Jerome Henderson (defensive backs coach).