Dec 29, 2019; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni looks on before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

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Panthers hire veteran Paul Pasqualoni to coach D-Line

The Carolina Panthers have hired veteran coach Paul Pasqualoni to tutor their defensive line, the team announced Tuesday.

He succeeds Frank Okam in Carolina, who was fired on Jan. 11 after two seasons with the Panthers. Pasqualoni most recently worked under Dan Mullen at Florida as a special assistant to the head coach for the past two seasons.

Pasqualoni, 72, come to the Panthers with a wealth of experience, having coached at the college and professional level in various capacities for more than 45 years. Most notably, he was the head coach at Syracuse from 1991 to 2004, leading the Orange to four Big East titles and a 6-3 record in bowl games. He was also the head coach at UConn from 2011 to 2013, and oversaw Western Connecticut State’s transition from Division III to Division II in the 1980s.

After leaving Syracuse, Pasqualoni landed his first NFL job in 2005 as a tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He then became the Cowboys’ linebackers coach for the next two seasons. Since then, he has coached exclusively on the defensive side of the football in the pros, and has been employed by the Dolphins, Bears, Texas and Lions.

His most recent NFL gig was in Detroit, where he was the defensive coordinator in 2018 and 2019. In all, Pasqualoni has 10 seasons of experience on NFL sidelines under his belt.

The Panthers had 149 pressures on opposing quarterbacks this past season, which was ninth-lowest in the league.

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