The Bears’ search process for a linebackers coach continued through Thursday with one report of a hiring having been made. But while the rumors and candidates sort themselves out, the main reason for dismissing Tim Tibesar and what his successor needs to produce was clear:
“While watching the tapes on both sides of the season, I watched the growth of our two young linebackers,” coach Marc Trestman said of Jonathan Bostic and Khaseem Greene. “I saw Khaseem do it right and Jon do it right, and I saw them both do it wrong. I did not see a consistency in their play.”
Developing that consistency in Bostic and Greene, and presumably Shea McClellin in whatever his new role is, will be Job One for Tibesar’s replacement. One of the candidates is Paul Pasqualoni, according to a report by WSCR-AM early Thursday. The Bears did not confirm the hiring of Pasqualoni, who has NFL experience that Tibesar lacked.
Tibesar had pro coaching experience but only two seasons’ worth and those with Trestman and the Montreal Alouettes. He moved to Purdue as defensive coordinator for 2012 before joining Trestman in Chicago.
Pasqualoni, 64, has six seasons as an NFL position coach. He coached Syracuse linebackers from 1987-1990, then was head coach from 1991-2004. At that point he moved to the NFL, first as Dallas Cowboys tight ends coach in 2005, then as linebackers coach from 2006-2007. After the next two seasons as Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator, Pasqualoni returned to the Cowboys as defensive line coach in 2010 and moved to interim defensive coordinator in season and finished out the year.
He took the head-coaching job at Connecticut in 2011 and held that post until he was fired after an 0-4 start last season.