Lions Hire Paul Pasqualoni As Defensive Coordinator

The Lions have named Paul Pasqualoni as their new defensive coordinator. The team announced the hire in a press release on Wednesday morning. Paul Pasqualoni (vertical)

Recently, it was reported that Pasqualoni was in line for a prominent job on the Lions’ staff, but no one knew what his position would be. As it turns out, he’ll be the DC under new head coach Matt Patricia. Of course, given Patricia’s background as the Patriots’ DC, Pasqualoni is unlikely to be the one calling plays.

Pasqualoni, 68, has moved between the NFL and NCAA during his coaching career. In the NFL, he served as defensive coordinator of the Dolphins and Cowboys and he was the head coach at Syracuse for more than a decade. In fact, Patricia coached under Pasqualoni at Syracuse during the early 2000s. Most recently, Pasqualoni spent the last two seasons serving as the defensive line coach at Boston College.

The Lions’ DC job became available when Teryl Austin left to join up with the Bengals earlier this winter.

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