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Dolphins Fire Defensive Coordinator Paul Pasqualoni

The Dolphins will be going in another direction on defense in 2010, as today coach Tony Sparano announced the firing of defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, whose unit backslid in the second year of the Bill Parcells regime.

Miami ranked 22nd in yards allowed after finishing 15th a year earlier. One problem was big plays—the Dolphins gave up 14 scoring passes of 20 yards or more, second-highest in the NFL.

The team made the announcement Monday in a two-sentence statement without explanation. No replacement was named.

Pasqualoni joined the Dolphins as part of Sparano’s first staff after Parcells took over football operations two years ago.

Sparano and Pasqualoni worked together as assistants with the Dallas Cowboys. Pasqualoni was head coach at Syracuse in 1991-2004, leading the Orangemen to a 107-59-1 record and nine bowl appearances.


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