The Dallas Cowboys lost one of their candidates for defensive coordinator Thursday, according to a report from ESPN's Joe Schad. Connecticut has hired Cowboys assistant Paul Pasqualoni to replace Randy Edsall as head coach.
PasqualoniPasqualoni, the former head coach at Syracuse, took over as interim defensive coordinator for the Cowboys when Wade Phillips was fired at midseason. The Cowboys increased their takeaways dramatically, although they continued to give up a lot of points and yardage. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett had informed Pasqualoni that he planned to keep him in some capacity, but he was a long shot to be the full-time defensive coordinator.
Veteran players such as linebacker Keith Brooking were impressed with how quickly Pasqualoni took control of the defense at midseason. He grabbed their attention with a fiery meeting on the Wednesday after Phillips was fired. Pasqualoni also set the tone in practice by asking his players to find a quicker tempo. Under almost impossible circumstances, he convinced these players to finally show a little pride.
I really thought Mark Whipple would get the UConn job. Pasqualoni's experience obviously won out. And I'm sure the Huskies like the fact Pasqualoni won't use them as stepping stone position. The Cowboys lost an excellent assistant coach, so Garrett's job becomes even tougher.