Bears expected to hire longtime college coach Paul Pasqualoni
Longtime college coach Paul Pasqualoni is expected to join the Bears' defensive coaching staff, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Pasqualoni, 64, is at the Senior Bowl this week and declined to confirm this rumor although "two people with knowledge of the situation" gave the Tribune the green light. It is still unclear which position he will fill. Two are available: linebackers coach or defensive line coach.
Pasqualoni's 17-year coaching career is highlighted with a 117-77-1 career record. His teams appeared in nine major bowl games, going 6-3. He coached Syracuse from 1991-2004 and had three 10-win seasons. He also ran the Dolphins' defense in 2008-09 and the Cowboys' in 2010 when head coach Wade Phillips was fired.
The Bears terminated defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar on Jan. 12 after the defensive unit had one of its worst seasons in franchise history. The Bears decided to go forward with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker despite fan backlash.