Paul Pasqualoni is defensive coordinator

IRVING, Texas -- It's Paul Pasqualoni's job to try to fix the mess that is Wade Phillips' defense.

Pasqualoni, the defensive line coach, was promoted to defensive coordinator after Phillips was fired. He takes over a unit whose awful performance in the last three games was a primary reason that Phillips was fired.

Pasqualoni, who was the head coach at Syracuse University for 14 seasons, is in his second stint as a Cowboys assistant. He spent the previous two seasons as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator and was dismissed after Miami finished 22nd in the NFL in total defense last season.

Owner Jerry Jones cited Pasqualoni's no-nonsense disposition as one of the reasons he was promoted.

"I think that he brings something to the table to institute something for us this week, next week and if you will for these eight weeks to institute a change in the culture," Jones said.