AFC West: Paul Pasqualoni

AFC West news and notes

January, 15, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

New Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli met with coach Herm Edwards on Thursday. A decision on Edwards' future is expected soon. If the team is indeed interested in Miami defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, the interest makes sense. Pioli and Pasqualoni have ties dating back several years.

  • Kansas City defensive backs coach David Gibbs is leaving the team to join Houston's staff in a similar role.
  • The Oakland Tribune reports that interim Raiders coach Tom Cable is interviewing potential assistants, which is a strong indication he will be named the permanent coach. Still, the Raiders interviewed Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride on Thursday.
  • Don't be surprised if Ed Donatell becomes the secondary coach in Denver. A former NFL defensive coordinator, Donatell was Denver's secondary coach during its Super Bowl run last decade.
  • The word out of Oakland is that quality control coach John Fassel could be the team's new special-teams coach.
  • Former Denver general manager Ted Sundquist interviewed in Atlanta for the Kansas City job before Pioli emerged as a candidate.
Posted by's Tim Graham

The Miami Dolphins' coaching staff might have caught a break when the Detroit Lions named Jim Schwartz their next head coach.

The Lions also were interested in Dolphins secondary coach Todd Bowles, an assistant Dolphins football operations boss Bill Parcells thinks very highly of.

Then again, the Dolphins still could lose two top aides. Bowles has interviewed for the still-vacant St. Louis Rams job, and a report is linking defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni to the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL Network's Adam Schefter, citing unnamed league sources, reports Pasqualoni is a "person of interest" if new Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli decides to replace Herman Edwards.

Pioli has a couple of ties to Pasqualoni. Pioli was a graduate assistant coach at Syracuse when Pasqualoni was the head coach there. After Syracuse fired Pasqualoni in 2005, Parcells hired him to be the Dallas Cowboys' linebackers coach.

Pasqualoni and Bowles were brought to the Dolphins in the great Dallas-to-Miami migration of aught-eight.

Pasqualoni is credited for unlocking outside linebacker Joey Porter, who went from 5.5 sacks last year to 17.5 sacks, and turning around a defense that improved from 30th to ninth in points allowed.

If Pasqualoni leaves the Dolphins, then Bowles likely would be their next defensive coordinator -- unless the Rams snap him up, as well.