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Jim Fassel Blames the Bloggers

The reason Jim Fassel was not hired. (Leafblower photo stolen from Mr. Irrelevant)

I believe Jim Fassel to be a great guy, and I think he probably got treated poorly over the past month, and I would have been fine with him as head coach, but just today the real culprits behind his non-hiring emerged. Their names? Mister Irrelevant, Unsilent Majority, Hogs Haven, and the Curly R. From Fassel's interview with the John Thompson Show this afternoon:

When I got the New York Giants job I remember telling my family that, 'You know, you cannot hold the lead in these jobs in major markets.' Because you've got bloggers, and they're saying, 'No, this isn't the right guy, and that ain't the right guy,' and you can't hold the lead, because you are going to take the hit. I mean, when you're the lead dog, you're going to take the hit. And I think the longer it went, the longer it went, the longer it went....

Yeah, we know, the longer it went, the more people named "Nate in the PDX" had a chance to gripe about your potential hiring, thus inevitably sabotaging you as a candidate. Fassel spoke highly of Dan Snyder throughout this interview, as he has in other interviews, but bear in mind that he's basically accusing Mr. Snyder and his cousin, Vinny, of taking their cues from a pair of blogging brothers and a guy who spends all his time looking at Undrcrwn shirts on the Internet and coming up with jokes about private parts, plus RI commenters named PDiddy and dcsween and 4th Floor. I mean, at the very least have the courtesy to blame anonymous message board posters in addition to semi-anonymous bloggers.

Anyhow, more from Fassel after the jump, including the revelation that one of Dan Snyder's interview questions is how the prospective coach would arrange seating on the team plane during road trips. Sigh.

On not getting the job: "Well it's kind of hard to understand, really, to me, how it all played out....Every coach isn't geared for every job. I think that's a mistake coaches make: 'Well, any job is the right fit for me.' No, it's not. But I felt like it was the right fit. I get along with Dan Snyder. I mean, we've spent so much time talking football....This time I really felt good about it, but it didn't turn that way....It doesn't work out that way, and life moves on."

On what changed: "It's really hard to figure out. I'd like to tell you exactly what it was. I don't know. And I admire Dan Snyder for making his list and sticking with it, and I think that had the Giants lost in the playoffs and they could have interviewed Spagnuolo I think the decision would have been made a while ago.... And then I think Jim Zorn's a very impressive guy to talk to. He was a very impressive guy to talk to. 'Oh let's just talk to him about this thing,' and they must have gotten very impressed with him and decided that was the way they were gonna go. But I don't have any facts about that. It's just what people tell me."

On what the interviews were like: We spent quite a bit of time on staffing, we spent quite a bit of time on Jason Campbell the quarterback: What do I think of him? What do you think his chances are of becoming a great player? What has to happen? And then we get diverted, Dan wants to look at tape and what do I think, so we get tape, we look at tape for a while just on him.

Everything. From the standpoint of ok, When we travel, how do you want the plane to be? Who sits up front? Who sits here? How are you gonna do this? When we travel do you have bed checks? Do you put the team in a hotel Saturday night? Practice, what do you think about practicing and training camp and all that stuff? Sometimes one question leads to another. I will say this, they are very organized, VERY organized. Vinny basically asks the questions and he's got about five pages of questions.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2008; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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