With Matt Patricia inked to become the next Detroit Lions head coach, it’s time for him to start building his surrounding staff. According Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, Detroit will be adding Boston College defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni to their staff.
Source: Defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni is leaving Boston College for the Lions.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) February 5, 2018
Thamel doesn’t get into specifics, so we don’t know what job Pasqualoni will be accepting with the Lions. A couple weeks ago, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Pasqualoni was a candidate for the Lions’ defensive coordinator position, but he walked that back a little in a later tweet:
More on Paul Pasqualoni: His name was buzzing in Mobile, based on his past relationship with Matt Patricia. They haven’t spoken yet, but are expected to — about a senior position on the staff — when the #Lions officially hire Patricia.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 25, 2018
At this point, we just don’t know if he will be the coordinator, the defensive line coach, or maybe just a senior defensive assistant.
Pasqualoni has a history as an NFL defensive coordinator. He spent two years with the Dolphins at that position and one year with the Cowboys. You can view our longer profile on Pasqualoni here, which includes his ties to Matt Patricia from his days in Syracuse.
Pasqualoni will join two other reported hires from Patricia: offensive line coach Jeff Davidson and defensive backs coach Brian Stewart. Detroit will also reportedly be promoting George Godsey from defensive assistant to quarterbacks coach.
Here’s how the staff currently looks:
Offensive coordinator: Jim Bob Cooter
QB coach: George Godsey*
WR coach: Robert Prince
RB coach: David Walker
TE coach: Al Golden
OL coach: Jeff Davidson*
OL - quality control: Michael McCarthy
Offensive assistant: Evan Rothstein
Coaching assistant: Payton McCollum
Unknown position: Paul Pasqualoni*
DB coach: Brian Stewart*
Defensive quality control: Steven Williams
*Indicates a new hire or move in position