MOBILE, Ala. -- Longtime college coach Paul Pasqualoni is expected to join the Bears' defensive coaching staff, two people with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.
Whether Pasqualoni fills the Bears' vacant linebackers coach or defensive line coach position has not been finalized, one source said. His six years of NFL experience includes stints coaching both positions.
Pasqualoni, 64, is here at the Senior Bowl this week and declined to confirm he has been hired, as did the club. He sat among some Bears staffers Tuesday during the South team's practice.
He is perhaps best known for coaching Syracuse from 1991-2004, but he also served as an assistant for the Dolphins and Cowboys.
Pasqualoni coached the Cowboys' tight ends in 2005 and their linebackers from 2006-07. He was the Dolphins' defensive coordinator from 2008-09. In 2010, the Cowboys promoted him from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator when Wade Phillps was fired as head coach after eight games.
He left Dallas for the University of Connecticut in 2011 but was fired after starting 0-4 last season.
The Bears fired linebackers coach Tim Tibesar and defensive line coach Mike Phair on Jan. 12 following one of the worst defensive seasons in team history.
Coach Marc Trestman opted to proceed with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker but change coaches at those spots after the Bears ranked last in the NFL in yards allowed per play (6.18) and last in yards allowed per rush (5.35).
Pasqualoni's coaching versatility allows the Bears some flexibility as they continue the interview process this week. The team has not set a timetable for finalizing the staff.
Brown confident: Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown is confident he has the intangibles to make an NFL roster and contribute at the next level.
"I'll bring my work ethic above all else, man," Brown said. "I'm a guy who's smart, who's willing to work and I'll do the right things and make the right choices."
That said, the 6-foot-1, 235-pound standout also understands the areas of concern folks in the league would like to see him improve.
"I know I need to get more physical," Brown said. "And right now I'm a little light. But my training in the months ahead will take care of that. I just have to remind myself to stay physical and play fast."
That's why this week's stage is important to Brown, who is working under the guidance of the Falcons' coaching staff on the Senior Bowl's North squad. He recorded a team-best 119 tackles and had five sacks and 15 tackles for loss for the Fighting Illini as a senior last fall.
"One of my favorite things is the competition of this," he said. "You're here with the best players in the country. And everything you do here, you have to compete. It's something most guys may not be used to when you're at your school and you're one of the best players. Coming here, you have to compete, man. That grabs your attention."
Big cornerback: The trend in secondaries around the NFL is for bigger cornerbacks, and there isn't a bigger one at the Senior Bowl than Nebraska's Stanley Jean-Baptiste, who from a distance looks like he could fit in with the linebackers. Jean-Baptiste measured 6-23/8, 215 pounds at Monday's weigh-in, and the key for him will be proving he can move well enough at his size. He already has interviewed with the Bears this week.
"The only thing that would move me to safety is if I don't run fast," Jean-Baptiste said. "That is about it."
He said he has been clocked in the 4.4-second range in the 40-yard dash in the past, and if he can lower that to the 4.3s for the NFL scouting combine next month in Indianapolis, he can make himself some money.
"That is the goal right now," said Jean-Baptiste, who is training with speed coach Tom Shaw in Orlando, Fla.
Jean-Baptiste intercepted four passes for the Cornhuskers last season and had a team-high 12 pass breakups.
"Hopefully, the trend toward bigger cornerbacks continues to favor me," he said. "I guess (the Seahawks') Richard Sherman is a big part of that, and he is showing everyone why he is the best cornerback out there. I have to play to my height and I have to be aggressive. I have to show them I can manhandle receivers."
Chicago Tribune reporters Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs contributed.
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