Saturday, January 24, 2015

Former UConn coach Pasqualoni headed to new team

Former UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni landed on his feet when he was named the defensive line coach with the NFL's Chicago Bears but now he is headed to become the defensive line coach with the Houston Texans according to multiple reports from the Houston media.

Pasqualoni earned praise for his work as the Bears line was the one of the bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season. Chicago was tied for last in sacks during the 2013 season, finishing with 31. This season the Bears had 39 sacks, 35 coming from the defensive line and the play of the line improved in other areas as well. However, as usually happens with a coaching change, the previous staff is not retained so when Marc Trestman was fired and John Fox was hired, the changes to the Bears staff began to take place. The Bears have been sending out released in the last few days with the new hires and also with the list of assistant coaches not being retained but Pasqualoni's name was not mentioned leading some to think he may be retained.

However, that speculation ended today.

Texans hiring Paul Pasqualoni to coach their defensive line.

Pasqualoni's new position will allow him to work with perhaps the best defensive player in the game as J.J. Watt is coming off a season where he had 20 1/2 sacks and the Texans had 38 total sacks. Also, the Texans took three defensive linemen in the 2014 draft as defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (since moved to linebacker) went first overall, defensive tackle Louis Nix (who played for current UConn coach Bob Diaco at Notre Dame) was a third-round pick and defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan was selected in the sixth round.


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