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Jim Fassel Speaks

Had a brief conversation with Jim Fassel today. Much like in 2004, Fassel was strung along here for a while then left on the outside when a surprise head coaching decision was made.

He likes Dan Snyder and was very eager and excited to work with him and thought he was going to get the job at various times, league sources said, but it didn't work out.

"In the four years I've known Dan - and that's through seven days of very, very intense interviews (between 2004 and 2008) - I really like the guy," Fassel said. "I was looking forward to the opportunity to work with him, but if they're going to go in another direction with this then I understand. I liked Dan the last time and I know I could work with him and we get along very well."

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 10, 2008; 2:30 PM ET
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Posted by: isonic1 | February 10, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I am glad you are not here Fassel. Best of luck.

Posted by: jm220 | February 10, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

JLac....and you settled for that?! I can't believe that you didn't continuously harass him until he gave you one little negative nugget that you could completely blow out of proportion. Your fellow Dan haters will have your head.

Posted by: drbatchelor | February 10, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: bigmurf08 | February 10, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Feel kinda bad for the guy. Left at the altar twice.

Posted by: kreitman4 | February 10, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Fassel has to say? He never should have been considered in the first place. Best of luck doing radio Jim...

Posted by: castro1234 | February 10, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Non-stop spin zone in 10 minutes! I'm all atwitter with excitement.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 10, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the writer's strike is over, too. Yippee! I can finally start working again. Yeesh.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 10, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

POSTED 12:46 p.m. EST, February 10, 2008


There's a theory making the rounds in league circles that the promotion of offensive coordinator Jim Zorn to head coach in Washington has more to do with Vinny Cerrato than it did with Zorn.

As the theory goes, Zorn was deemed to be the least likely of the candidates to challenge Cerrato's authority as the new Executive V.P. of Football Operations.

"For as long as he has been in D.C., Vinny has been second fiddle to the coach," one league source said. "This time, he gets promoted and hires an inexperienced coach who will not make waves. . . . Mooch and Fassel would have threatened Vinny because of their past success and experience. The fact that Vinny was promoted before the head coach hire was a veiled sign that Vinny would be making the call. In the end, it was own insecurity that made for the hire of Zorn."

It was believed that Fassel was the leading candidate primarily because he would likely be so grateful to get a job that he'd defer to Vinny. But if Fassel had had any success on the job, that might have changed.

Posted by: nojunk4me | February 10, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

F breaking away from the Caps game for this shabingus by the way......

F the way they are treating Byner, thats a serious joke...

F Snyder

Go skins, go zorn, go players

Posted by: clawrence | February 10, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

profootballtalk get so little right the site is not even worth reading anymore.

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 10, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

what channel is the presser on?????

Posted by: trailblazer658 | February 10, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JustMe | February 10, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

What BS is Dan talking right now? I hope the reporters light into him. Tt is being shown on

Posted by: jm220 | February 10, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted at Giants discussion board, under "Redskins Big Mistake":

Giants fans should be very glad the Skins didn't hire Fassell. Yes, his teams were too-often penalized and gave up the ball much too easily. But Zorn's resume looks pretty ridiculous compared to this:

-Fassell: 2-time NFL Coach of the Year
-First Head Coach in the history of the NFC East to go undefeated (7-0-1 in his first year) [Think about this: he accomplished something in his first year that escaped Landry, Gibbs, Allen, Parcells, etc]
-Took over a 5-11 team and won division title in his first year

Most importantly: Fassell's teams played NFC East games consistently better than against everyone else in the league. Look at this:

Fassell 's Giants vs:
-Dallas 8-6
-Philly 9-5
-Washington 7-6-1
And this includes the disastrous 4-12 year in 2003! (without that, he's 8-4 v. Dallas, 9-3 v. Philly, and 6-5-1 v. Skins)
(of course, this was what made Fassell such a tough guy to like: he'd beat the Eagles 24-20, then drop a game to the Saints or Chiefs 38-20 the next week)

Also: Fassell's teams (until 2003) consistently played hard in November & December even with nothing on the line (remember the 1998 Denver win?). If we remove 2003, his Nov-December record was 28-21-1 (29-29-1 with 1-8 in 2003).

Fassell's speciality was working with quarterbacks: his track record absolutely dwarfs Zorn's in this regard. Wining a division title and going undefeated in the NFC East with Danny Kannell? Beating the 13-0 Denver Broncos with Kent Graham? I'm very glad he wont have the chance to work with Jason Campbell, who might be incredibly dangerous under his tutelage.

Had Snyder put all this in front of the Skins fans he might have sold them. I'm really glad he didn't, and I think the learning curve for Zorn is going to be steep. Next year the NFC East is going to be absolutely brutal, with the SuperBowl champs, the Eagles with young guys on D like Trent Cole, and Dallas out to avenge this year. Fassell might have pulled something off with Jason Campbell-Clinton Portis. I'm not too worried about Zorn.

Posted by: dcmike123 | February 10, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: 4thFloor | February 10, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy F

Here's your hat what's your hurry.

I'm putting all the chips in the middle and saying you will not be our HC.

At least the Danny got this right.

Go Skins and I guess Zorn now too.

Posted by: ssh1549 | February 10, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Dear Jim,

If Snyder ever calls you again, hang up the phone.



Posted by: newjersey_lawyer | February 10, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Ummm... 3 year Contract probably with a buy out clause. Zorn has no experience but also no ego.. If Zorn fails in 08 could this be a set up for Cowher whose network contract expires in 08, too? Easier transistion from Zorn to Cowher than Fassel to Cowher...

Posted by: rockportjl | February 11, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

You might be able to make a nice vinegar out of Mr. Fassel's sour grapes.

Posted by: dcsween | February 11, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Newsflash: Daniel Snyder is an idiot!

Posted by: pquick6165 | February 11, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

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