The Chicago Bears announced on Thursday that they have hired Reggie Herring and Paul Pasqualoni to their coaching staff. Herring will coach the linebackers, and Pasqualoni the defensive line.
The Bears ranked 30th in the league rushing the passer during the 2013 regular season, according to Pro Football Focus — they were dead last in run defense.
According to the Bears, Herring has 33 years of coaching experience, including eight as a linebackers coach in the NFL. Pasqualoni boasts 42 years of coaching experience, including 22 as a collegiate head coach and six seasons as a NFL assistant.
The two coaches also worked together with the Cowboys in 2010 when Pasqualoni was Dallas’s defensive coordinator/defensive line coach and Herring served as linebackers coach.
Herring spent the last three seasons (2011-13) as linebackers coach for the Houston Texans, his second such stint with the team (2002-03). In 2011, Houston’s linebackers accounted for 27 of the team’s 44 sacks, and the Texans ranked second in the NFL in total defense.
During Herring’s three seasons (2008-10) coaching linebackers in Dallas, DeMarcus Ware led the NFL with 46.5 sacks.
Pasqualoni was most recently head coach at the University of Connecticut (2011-13). He also has served as head coach at Syracuse University (1991-2004) and Western Connecticut (1982-86).
Prior to his time at Connecticut, Pasqualoni worked in the NFL for six seasons (2005-10). Before serving as Dallas’ defensive coordinator/defensive line coach, Pasqualoni served as the defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins (2008-09).
In 2008, Miami’s defense was ninth in the NFL in points per game (19.8) and eighth in the league in sacks (40), and the Dolphins won the AFC East title. In 2009, Miami was tied for third in the NFL with 44 sacks.
From 2006-07, Pasqualoni served as the linebackers coach of the Cowboys after working as Dallas’ tight ends coach in 2005.
The moves seem to add credence to the idea that the Bears plan to run some form of hybrid 34/43 defense in 2014, as both Herring and Pasqualoni have experience working in both fronts.
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