Source: Defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni is leaving Boston College for the Lions.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) February 5, 2018
Multiple sources confirmed that Paul Pasqualoni has left BC for the Detroit Lions. An official announcement will come later in the week. While this could be a great opportunity for Pasqualoni, this is bad, bad news for BC and Addazio.
Pasqualoni is considered one of the best Defensive Line coaches in all of football. His ability to shape young players was clear as soon as he arrived at BC. The DLine has been one of the bright spots of the past two years. But beyond coaching up the unit, Pasqualoni also served as a sounding board for Addazio. You could often see the two confer on the sidelines when it was clear they weren't talking DLine issues. And beyond game management, I would presume Pasqualoni provided advice and wisdom year round. It will be tough to replace Pasqualoni with one coach who can provide the same sort of guidance while also making future stars on the DLine.
Despite a few bumps, Addazio has done a good job replacing staffers. I hope he has another Pasqualoni-type lined up. BC will need it.