Cowboys hire Pasqualoni to coach D-line

The Cowboys have hired a familiar face to replace defensive line coach Todd Grantham, who has accepted the defensive coordinator position at Georgia. Owner Jerry Jones and coach Wade Phillips didn't waste any time in hiring former Cowboys assistant Paul Pasqualoni as the defensive line coach.

Pasqualoni coached tight ends and linebackers from 2005-07 before joining Tony Sparano in Miami. Pasqualoni was fired as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator earlier this week in a move that surprised a lot of coaches around the league. Bill Parcells, the executive vice president of football operations for the Dolphins, had been a huge supporter of Pasqualoni's, but folks I talked to Thursday believed that Parcells was hoping to replace Pasqualoni with his old pal Al Groh, who was recently fired as the head coach at Virginia. Groh interviewed with the Dolphins on Wednesday but he decided to become the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech today. Pretty interesting quote from Groh regarding his relationship with Parcells:

"Bill's not the coach," Groh said. "And the coach is the person you work with on a daily basis. Bill is very disciplined as he explained it to me to be non-intrusive in that process and let the coach coach the way he wants to, just as Bill always wanted it to be when he was the coach. ... There was just a set of criteria there that I thought that Paul's program and Georgia Tech met very well."

Sounds like Groh wanted no part of Tony Sparano, which is odd since Sparano served under Groh's pals Tom Coughlin and Parcells and is highly regarded in the league. Grantham will remain with the Cowboys until the end of this season.