As Boston College prepares to open its spring practice, coach Steve Addazio had to navigate some reshuffling on his coaching staff.
One major change was defensive coordinator Jim Reid taking on a new role as defensive ends coach after former ends coach Paul Pasqualoni accepted a job as defensive coordinator with the Detroit Lions.
Pasqualoni, who will reunite with former pupil Matt Patricia in Detroit, was a large reason All-American Harold Landry returned last season and why Zach Allen decided to come back next season.
Reid, who had a brief stint in the NFL as an outside linebackers coach with the Miami Dolphins, will continue to handle duties as Eagles defensive coordinator while taking on the new role.
“He built a great reputation in the NFL as developing great pass-rushers off the edge,” Addazio said. “So, I like that heading into spring ball.”
The Eagles also brought in Bill Sheridan to coach linebackers and Antoine Smith to coach defensive tackles.
With 13 years of coaching at the NFL level, Sheridan brings high-level experience. In 2008, he was linebackers coach for the New York Giants team that beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He also had ties to Addazio going back to their days together at Notre Dame in 2001.
“He’s regarded as one of the best linebacker coaches in the country at any level,” Addazio said. “I didn’t need any calls on Bill Sheridan, but the calls that I got — people that I know and trust — pretty impressive. He is a developer at the highest level. He’s coached the D-line and the secondary as well. But he is one of the high-end guys at linebacker, and he loves football.
“He’s experienced both the pros and the collegiate at the highest level, and it doesn’t matter who you speak to [about] him. They all say the same thing, great teacher, and a really deep understanding of [how]the whole front end, back end tie in together.”Julian Benbow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @julianbenbow.