Thursday, January 16, 2014

Former UConn coach reportedly headed to Bears; Dorsey honored

There are multiple reports that Paul Pasqualoni, who posted a 10-18 record in 2 1/2 seasons as UConn's head coach, has landed the gig as the linebackers coach for the Chicago Bears.

Before being hired at UConn, Pasqualoni spent the previous six seasons as an assistant coach in the NFL as he worked with the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.

Pasqualoni will have plenty to work with with the Bears led by perennial Pro Bowl LB Lance Briggs, last year's leading tackler James Anderson and talented young players like Jon Bostic and Kasheem Greene (who Pasqualoni coached against when Greene starred at Rutgers). Former UConn linebacker Lawrence Wilson could also be one of the linebackers Pasqualoni will work with.

The Bears finished 30th out of 32 teams in total defense, surrendering an average of 394.6 yards per game while ranking last in rushing defense and yards per rush.

John Dorsey, one of the greatest players in UConn history, was named the 2013 Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association.

Dorsey's personnel moves in his first season as the general manager (including trading for former UConn fullback Anthony Sherman) helped the Chiefs go from a 2-14 squad during the 2012 season to finishing 11-5 and reaching the playoffs this season.

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