Fassel's son is not likely to join staff of Ravens

John, 30, favoring stay at Div. II over assistant job

Pro Football

February 09, 2004|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

It appears unlikely at this point that John Fassel will join his father on the Ravens' coaching staff.

Although there was interest on both sides, a Ravens official said last night that adding Fassel as the team's offensive assistant probably won't happen. The official said Fassel has not declined the Ravens' offer, but it seems he is leaning toward remaining the head coach at New Mexico Highlands.

His father, Jim, was the New York Giants head coach for the past seven seasons and was hired as the Ravens' senior consultant last week.

John Fassel, 30, told reporters last week in Las Vegas, N.M., that Ravens coach Brian Billick had offered him a newly created offensive assistant position. Before Fassel left to visit Baltimore, he said working alongside his father was probably the biggest draw but he was still unsure about taking the job with the Ravens.

New Mexico Highlands is a Division II school that has lost 23 straight games, including an 0-10 record last season in Fassel's first year as the head coach. Fassel was an assistant coach at Bucknell for a season before becoming an assistant at New Mexico Highlands in 2002.

Even without John Fassel, the Ravens' coaching staff has undergone some changes over the last month. Along with bringing in Jim Fassel, the Ravens hired former Giants defensive coordinator Johnnie Lynn as their secondary coach and former Arizona Cardinals assistant Jeff FitzGerald as the outside linebackers coach.

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