Fassel's son plans to stay with team

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Pro Football

November 03, 2006|By Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee | Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTERS

Two weeks after Jim Fassel was fired as the Ravens' offensive coordinator, his son John plans to remain with the team this season and beyond.

John Fassel, a special teams assistant who is in his second season on the Ravens' coaching staff, said he spoke to coach Brian Billick immediately after his father's dismissal to clarify his situation.

"I told him, `Coach, I hope this doesn't change anything between you and me because I'm going to be as loyal and committed to the Ravens as I ever have,' " John Fassel said. "Obviously, it's disappointing in a way for family reasons, but I'm a coach for the Ravens."

Fassel acknowledged that it's different not seeing his father around the Ravens' complex.

"It was special coaching with my dad, but there is a business side of it, too, where I'm also a coach for the Ravens," Fassel said. "So I have to do my job."

Fassel joined the Ravens after two seasons as head coach of the New Mexico Highlands, helping the school break a 25-game losing streak. He spent his first season with the Ravens last season as an offensive assistant, working closely with his dad.

But Fassel said he never considered going elsewhere when his dad left.

"I never even thought about it," he said. "They treat me great, and I feel like I'm becoming a part of the team."

Getting in the game

Getting flagged for two false-start penalties against the New Orleans Saints wasn't a highlight, but rookie tight end Quinn Sypniewski took some solace in getting more playing time last Sunday.

Sypniewski estimated that he played about 15 offensive snaps in New Orleans, which is more than what he had been getting in the previous six games.

"Whenever they need me to get in there and block, that's what I do," said Sypniewski, who was drafted in the fifth round because of his run-blocking skills. "It's definitely something I take pride in. So if they say we're comfortable with you coming in here and lining up at this spot and taking this guy, I'm going to take him on and try to create as much space as I can for [running backs] Jamal [Lewis], Musa [Smith] or Mike [Anderson]."

End zone

Tight end Todd Heap (thigh) and return specialist B.J. Sams (shoulder-thigh) were added to the injury report as questionable. Cornerback Corey Ivy practiced for the second time since suffering a kidney tear. "Right now, he has to get back into shape," Billick said. "That's got to be our biggest concern right now before we put him back on the field." ... Although Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis was the Ravens' defensive coordinator for six seasons, Billick said he doesn't think Lewis will have a better idea of the Ravens' offense since the Ravens head coach has taken over the play-calling duties. "I don't have a grasp of what we're trying to do," Billick said with a smile. "So I don't know how he would have an idea of what we're trying to do offensively." ... The Ravens have allowed only 13 sacks, the second fewest after seven games in team history.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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