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Notre Dame lineman Martin would rather play tackle than guard

Updated: February 24, 2014 1:24PM



MOBILE, Ala. — The Bears added almost 70 years of college and professional coaching experience Wednesday by hiring Reggie Herring and Paul Pasqualoni, a league source confirmed.

Herring, 54, will be the linebackers coach after serving in the same role the last six years with the Texans (2011 to 2013) and Cowboys (2008 to 2010).

Pasqualoni, 64, will coach the defensive line. He was fired as ­Connecticut’s coach in September.

The former Syracuse coach last coached defensive line in 2010 in the Cowboys’ 3-4 defense.

That scheme intrigues the Bears, be it on a regular basis or as part of a hybrid attack. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker also has 3-4 experience.

The defense is coming off franchise worsts in yards and rushing yards allowed.

Pasqualoni interviewed with the Bears last week and watched ­Senior Bowl practice with the team’s staff Tuesday.

Pasqualoni and Herring will replace defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar, who were fired Jan. 12.

Martin displays versatility

Zack Martin was a stalwart offensive tackle for Notre Dame, but some scouts believe his 767/8-inch wingspan is better suited for guard.

He played both spots during Senior Bowl practices this week.

“I can play tackle at a high level,” said Martin, who’s projected to be taken in the first round. “I’m most comfortable there, but at the same time, I’m versatile.”

Stanford’s Trent Murphy, the nation’s leader in sacks, called Martin “the best college offensive lineman I’ve gone against.”

Decision time for Mannelly

Long snapper Patrick Mannelly, who will have hip surgery Thursday, said he’ll decide on his future in a month or two.

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