Former Syracuse University head coach Paul Pasqualoni has been named defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys in the wake of Wade Phillips’ firing. Phillips was also the team’s defensive coordinator.
Pasqualoni, 61, was the head coach at Syracuse from 1987-2004. He was the Dolphins defensive coordinator from 2008-09 before being fired. He returned to the Cowboys a few days later after then defensive line coach Todd Grantham took a job as defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia.
Pasqualoni coached the Cowboys tight ends in 2005 and the linebackers in 2006-07 before leaving for Miami with Tony Sparano.
“Paul’s disposition, his approach, his skill — you know his background and have your own thoughts about it — but I think he brings something to the table to institute for us this week, next week and during this next eight weeks, if you a will a change in the culture,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.
Some in Dallas thought Pasqualoni would be a better interim choice than Jason Garrett, promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach by Jerry Jones.
The best option is defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni.
According to a source, Pasqualoni is the least controversial of the current staffers because he has been a head coach before and because he is tough on the players.
Jones, obviously, disagreed. In Dallas, Jones’ opinion is all that matters.