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Bears hire Paul Pasqualoni as defensive line coach

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The Bears have filled the two openings on their defensive coaching staff.

As expected, the team announced Thursday that they have hired Reggie Herring as their linebackers coach and Paul Pasqualoni as their defensive line coach. The addition of Herring, who was most recently the Texans’ linebackers coach, was reported on Wednesday while Pasqualoni has been linked with a job on Marc Trestman’s staff for some time.

Pasqualoni was fired in September as the head coach of the University of Connecticut, where he compiled a 10-18 record over parts of three seasons. Pasqualoni also spent 14 years as Syracuse’s head coach, going 107-59-1, and spent time with the Cowboys and Dolphins between his two collegiate head coaching stints.

With Herring and Pasqualoni on board, the Bears have filled the two openings on their defensive staff heading into Mel Tucker’s second season as the coordinator. They’ll be working to turn around a defense that finished near the bottom of the league in both points and yards allowed and they may be doing it without impending free agents Henry Melton and Charles Tillman.

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4 Responses to “Bears hire Paul Pasqualoni as defensive line coach”
  1. briansalo1 says: Jan 23, 2014 10:02 AM

    I wonder why they didn’t hire Mike Singletary as their LB coach.

  2. bassplucker says: Jan 23, 2014 1:12 PM

    A new DL coach may help. Some legitimate NFL caliber D LInemen would help a lot more. Quite a sorry collection of underperforming and just plain bad talent on that unit this last season.

  3. backdapack4evr says: Jan 23, 2014 1:42 PM

    Poor guy hit rock bottom.
    I hope things get better for him.

  4. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jan 23, 2014 3:34 PM

    The entire draft this year should be defensive players. Safety, DL, LB, DE, CB (of Tillman leaves) DL.

    Don’t know anything about this guy, but hope he is ready to work.

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