In a move that came as no surprise, Jerry Jones tabbed defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni to run the defense. Pasqualoni has been a defensive coordinator in the 3-4. He is the only assistant on the staff with that experience. Dave Campo was the Cowboys defensive coordinator from 1995-99, before becoming the team's head coach, but that was in a 4-3 scheme.
Pasqualoni, 61, was the head coach at Syracuse from 1987-2004. He was the Dolphins defensive coordinator from 2008-09 before being fired. He returned to the Cowboys a few days later after then defensive line coach Todd Grantham took a job as defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia.
Pasqualoni coached the Cowboys tight ends in 2005 and the linebackers in 2006-07 before leaving for Miami with Tony Sparano.
"Paul's disposition, his approach, his skill -- you know his background and have your own thoughts about it -- but I think he brings something to the table to institute for us this week, next week and during this next eight weeks, if you a will a change in the culture," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.
-- Charean Williams