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Paul Pasqualoni Is Cowboys' New Defensive Coordinator, Taking Over For Wade Phillips

In a move that surprises no one, Dallas D-line coach Paul Pasqualoni will take over as defensive coordinator for the Cowboys. He will serve under new head coach Jason Garrett.

Pasqualoni is a natural choice as the only coach on the staff with experience managing the 3-4 defense that Dallas employs. He’s most well-known for being the head coach at Syracuse for fourteen seasons. He previously worked for the Cowboys before leaving to take over the Dolphins defense where he found success:

In 2008, the Dolphins allowed 19.8 points per game, which was ninth best in the league and had 11 games in which they allowed 20 points or less while creating 30 turnovers. In 2009, the Cowboys had the fourth-best third-down defense (34.9 percent) but allowed 24.4 points per game (25th in the league) and had only four games in which they allowed 20 points or less.

He returned to coach for the Cowboys this past January.