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    Just got this e-mail from the NFL but I don't see any news on the wires of him joining the team. I guess he's going to be an assistant. I know him and Billick are old buddies.


    [quote][b]BALTIMORE RAVENS CONFERENCE CALL ADVISORY: Jim Fassel will be available by conference call on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 3:15 PM ET [/b][/quote]

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    Seems like he screwed himself up on timing.

    He turned down Washington out of hand, probably thinking he would have other avenues, and then none came.

    Surprised with Billick's ego, that he allows another one in

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    This really is quite a demotion for Fassell. Im not hs biggest fan, but the guy is a good coach who definately had the credentials to land a HC job. It's pretty funny now that i think of it b/c i remember Fassell spefically saying that he is a HC this league, not an assistant.

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    :blink: Now the Ravens have two "offensive geniuses" :blink:

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    Fassel is near finalizing deal with Ravens
    Former Giants head coach could join staff today after meeting Billick, Bisciotti; Unclear job title may cause delay; Expected advisory role is seen as big boost to Ravens' lagging offense
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    By Jamison Hensley
    Sun Staff
    Originally published February 4, 2004



    Jim Fassel could join the Ravens' coaching staff as early as today, league sources said.

    The Ravens are prepared to hire the former New York Giants head coach today, but working out the logistics with the NFL over his unconventional job title may hold off the official announcement for a couple of days. League sources confirmed that Fassel will travel today to Baltimore, where he is expected to meet with Ravens coach Brian Billick and soon-to-be sole owner Steve Bisciotti.

    Fassel, 54, may be named a senior adviser or consultant while performing the duties of an assistant head coach. It is believed Fassel does not want to lower his status for future head coaching vacancies by accepting a position as offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach next season.

    The addition of Fassel would represent an upgrade for the Ravens' often-criticized offense and a milestone in NFL coaching circles. It would mark the first time in NFL history that two Super Bowl head coaches (Billick and Fassel) would serve on the same staff.

    When asked about Fassel yesterday, Billick declined to comment. He did confirm interest in bringing in Fassel last week, saying, "Obviously, if we can find the right parameters for him to join us, his credentials speak for themselves."

    Fassel's role likely will have him be an adviser to offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh and quarterbacks-receivers coach David Shaw, as well as a sounding board for Billick. He will have input as the Ravens re-evaluate an offense that has ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in four of the past five seasons.

    Offense has been the strength of Fassel. In his last four seasons with New York, the Giants ranked 13th, ninth, sixth and 20th in total offense.

    Fassel was fired last season when the Giants lost their last eight games and finished 4-12. He directed New York to the playoffs in three of his seven seasons and a trip to the 2001 Super Bowl where the Giants lost to the Ravens.

    Since he is still under contract to the Giants, New York would be required to pay the balance of the $2.7 million remaining on Fassel's final year, minus what the Ravens offer. Finalizing these details shouldn't be a problem since Bisciotti and outgoing Ravens owner Art Modell have a friendly relationship with Giants owner Wellington Mara.

    The close relationship between Billick and Fassel also figured in this deal. Billick considers Fassel one of his best friends in the coaching ranks and one of the top offensive minds in the game.

    Fassel built his reputation on developing such quarterbacks as John Elway and Kerry Collins as well as reviving the career of Boomer Esiason. His expertise should influence the learning curves for what should be one of the youngest quarterback groups in the NFL again. The Ravens will bring back Kyle Boller, a first-round pick in 2003, and will look to re-sign Anthony Wright.

    The hiring of Fassel is viewed as a temporary arrangement. He is expected to be a strong contender for next year's head coaching vacancies after being considered this offseason by the Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills.

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    This is a win win situation for Fassel-
    The Ravens offense has no where to go but to get more innovative and diversified. It keeps him on the radar for another HC opportunity in the future.
    How hard can a consulting job be any way.

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    The Baltimore Job is a great job. It may be better than a head coaching spot in Arizona or Oakland. The Ravens have a great front office, The best in football, even better than those dilrods in New England.

    They have a young team and massive cap room. Boller is a young QB with alot of great tools, They have a franchise LT in Ogden, A franchise RB in Jamal Lewis and a big time Tight End in Todd Heap.

    Fassel is great buddies with Billick and he will help with that offense and that QB.

    Don't listen to these idiots out there say, Fassel shouldn't take the job. If you are going to be assistant head coach somewhere, Baltimore's the spot for Fassel.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by YoungJetsFan[/i]@Feb 4 2004, 02:05 PM
    [b] The Baltimore Job is a great job. It may be better than a head coaching spot in Arizona or Oakland. The Ravens have a great front office, The best in football, even better those dilrods in New England.

    They have a young team and massive cap room. Boller is a young QB with alot of great tools, They have a franchise LT in Ogden, A franchise RB in Jamal Lewis and a big time Tight End in Todd Heap.

    Fassel is great buddies with Billick and he will help with that offense and that QB.

    Don't listen to these idiots out there say, Fassel shouldn't take the job. If you are going to be assistant head coach somewhere, Baltimore's the spot for Fassel. [/b][/quote]
    The only possible downfall (or at least one of the main ones), is what hap[pened to Weiss and Crennel, could happen to Fassel.

    Say, for example, that the Ravens go very deep in the playoffs next year. That MAY inhibit teams giving Fassel a chance to interview because they want to get their coach in place.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by YoungJetsFan[/i]@Feb 4 2004, 02:05 PM
    [b] Don't listen to these idiots out there say, Fassel shouldn't take the job. If you are going to be assistant head coach somewhere, Baltimore's the spot for Fassel. [/b][/quote]
    Agreed. This can't hurt Fassell and could more likely rise his stock.

    I think I would have taken the $2.7MM and headed to the carribean for a year.

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    This is defintely a step down from being an NFL head coach. He's not going to even be an OC, just a special advisor/Assistant Head Coach. However this is a win win sitaution. Fassel's specialty is working with QB's. He's got a 23 year old flame throwing 1st round pick to help turn into a superstar. Surrounded by an offense that has (as YJF already mentioned) a solid anchor on the line, a workhorse back, a Shockey-like talent at TE, and decent WR's, Fassel has some tools to work with. Plus it's meuch easier to design a winning offensive plan when you know you have a shut down defense on the other side.

    Also, by the terms of the contract, the Giants have to pay the difference inbetween his Ravens salary and thr 2.7 owed to him. So Fassell is a 2.7 million dollar position coach. good stuf.

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