Jim Fassel

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Jim Fassel
Personal information
Date of birth(1949-08-31) August 31, 1949 (age 63)
Place of birthAnaheim, California
Career information
Position(s)Head coach
Quarterback
CollegeLong Beach State
Career highlights
Awards1997 NFL Coach of the Year
Head coaching record
Career record65–54–1 (Regular Season)
3–3 (Postseason)
68–57–1 (Overall)
Championships won2000 NFC Championship

2× UFL Champion (2009, 2010)

Stats
Coaching statsPro Football Reference
Coaching statsDatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1967–1968
1969–1971
1972
1974–1975
Fullerton College
Long Beach State
Houston Oilers*
The Hawaiians (WFL)
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1979-1983
1984
1985-1989
1991-1992
1993-1994
1995
1996
1997-2003
2004-2006
2009-present
Stanford University (AC)
New Orleans Breakers (OC)
Utah Utes (HC)
New York Giants (QB/OC)
Denver Broncos (OC)
Oakland Raiders (QB)
Arizona Cardinals (OC)
New York Giants (HC)
Baltimore Ravens (OC)
Las Vegas Locomotives (HC)
 
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Jim Fassel
Personal information
Date of birth(1949-08-31) August 31, 1949 (age 63)
Place of birthAnaheim, California
Career information
Position(s)Head coach
Quarterback
CollegeLong Beach State
Career highlights
Awards1997 NFL Coach of the Year
Head coaching record
Career record65–54–1 (Regular Season)
3–3 (Postseason)
68–57–1 (Overall)
Championships won2000 NFC Championship

2× UFL Champion (2009, 2010)

Stats
Coaching statsPro Football Reference
Coaching statsDatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1967–1968
1969–1971
1972
1974–1975
Fullerton College
Long Beach State
Houston Oilers*
The Hawaiians (WFL)
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1979-1983
1984
1985-1989
1991-1992
1993-1994
1995
1996
1997-2003
2004-2006
2009-present
Stanford University (AC)
New Orleans Breakers (OC)
Utah Utes (HC)
New York Giants (QB/OC)
Denver Broncos (OC)
Oakland Raiders (QB)
Arizona Cardinals (OC)
New York Giants (HC)
Baltimore Ravens (OC)
Las Vegas Locomotives (HC)

James Edward "Jim" Fassel (born August 31, 1949) is the head coach, general manager, and president of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. He is most widely known as the former head coach of the NFL's New York Giants.

Contents

Biography

Playing career

Early life and education

Fassel played high school football for the legendary coach Clare Van Hoorebeke at Anaheim High School, where his father was the equipment manager.

College/professional career

Fassel played quarterback at California State University, Long Beach after playing at USC in 1969. He was drafted in the 7th round by the Chicago Bears in the 1972 NFL Draft. He played briefly with The Hawaiians of the WFL in 1974, and became an assistant coach during the 1974 WFL season when the team brought New York Giants quarterback Randy Johnson in from the NFL. He left the WFL after the '74 season, and was working in air conditioning in Utah when the Hawaiians needed a quarterback late in the 1975 season. He played in the final game of the WFL for the Hawaiians, throwing the last pass in the league's history as the WFL folded three days later on October 22, 1975. Jim Fassel's total passing stats with the Hawaiians for 1974 and 1975 were 16 completions out of 39 attempts for 205 yards. He did not throw any touchdowns and was intercepted four times.

Coaching career

Before 1998

Fassel began his career with assistant coaching stints at the University of Utah and Stanford University, working with John Elway at Stanford. He also served as head coach of Utah. Prior to becoming New York Giants head coach, Fassel served as an assistant coach with the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and Oakland Raiders. Jim Fassel's first pro coaching job was with The Hawaiians of the World Football League in 1974. He played QB and then moved to the sidelines. Fassel was an offensive assistant coach under Mike Giddings.

New York Giants

During Fassel's time as Giants head coach, his teams were known for numerous post-season runs in December and for winning big games, such as against the previously undefeated Denver Broncos in 1998. In 1997, he was named NFL coach of the year. He resurrected the career of quarterback Kerry Collins and received acclaim for his "playoff guarantee" in the 2000 season, during which he led the Giants to an improbable Super Bowl appearance.

However, his legacy as head coach for the Giants is mixed. Fassel's Giants were known for their disappointments against inferior teams in the regular season, as well as in the playoffs. The most notable loss was a shocking 39-38 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the 2002 postseason, in which they blew a 38-14 third quarter lead. During the 2003 season, injuries decimated the Giants and he was fired amidst some controversy.

While coaching for the Giants, Fassel resided in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.[1]

Baltimore Ravens

Critics of Fassel have pointed to his lack of success as offensive coordinator after two seasons with the Ravens, in 2004 and 2005. During that time, the Ravens ranked near the bottom of the league in offense.

On October 17, 2006, Fassel was fired as offensive coordinator for the Ravens.[2]

Coaching prospects

It is believed that Fassel had been in contention for the Washington Redskins head coaching position in 2004, but when former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs agreed to come out of retirement, team owner Dan Snyder hired the Hall of Fame three-time Super Bowl winner.[3]

On January 23, 2008, it was reported in Newsday.com that Jim Fassel was again the leading candidate for the Redskins' head-coaching position, which opened up as a result of Joe Gibbs' retirement for the second time in that position. However, on February 9, 2008, Jim Zorn was hired as the new Redskins' head coach.

In November 2008, Fassel reportedly sent a letter to Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis expressing interest in becoming the next head coach of the Raiders.

In January 2009, Fassel was interviewed by Billy Devaney for the head coaching position for the St. Louis Rams, but the position instead went to Steve Spagnuolo.

Las Vegas Locomotives

In January 2009, Fassel was named coach of the Las Vegas entrant into the United Football League. The Locos finished the regular season 4-2 and defeated the 6-0 Florida Tuskers in the first UFL Championship Game.[4]

Fassel returned to the Locos in 2010 and repeated as champions, again defeating the Tuskers in the 2010 UFL Championship Game. The Locos tried to three-peat in 2011, but this time fell to the Tuskers, who have since then been relocated and renamed the Virginia Destroyers in the 2011 UFL Championship Game.[5] Fassel is the only current UFL head coach who has been active in the league since its inauguration.

Broadcasting career

Fassel entered broadcasting following his firing as offensive coordinator for the Ravens, joining Westwood One radio as a color commentator for its Sunday NFL action. He stayed with the network for two seasons, calling Sunday afternoon games with Harry Kalas in 2007 and Sunday Night Football with Dave Sims. Fassel was also part of Westwood One's playoff coverage those two years, calling various games, and worked the 2007 and 2008 NFC Championship Games with Bill Rosinski (2007) and Marv Albert (2008).

Head coaching record

College

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsRank#
Utah (Western Athletic Conference) (1985–1989)
1985Utah8–45–33rd
1986Utah2–91–79th
1987Utah5–72–67th
1988Utah6–54–45th
1989Utah4–82–67th
Utah:25–3314–26
Total:25–33
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

Professional

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
NYG19971051.6561st in NFC East01.000Lost to Minnesota Vikings in Wild Card Round.
NYG1998880.5003rd in NFC East----
NYG1999790.4383rd in NFC East----
NYG20001240.7501st in NFC East21.667Lost to Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.
NYG2001790.4383rd in NFC East----
NYG20021060.6252nd in NFC East01.000Lost to San Francisco 49ers in Wild Card Round.
NYG20034120.2504th in NFC East----
NYG Total58531.52223.400-
LVL2009420.6672nd in UFL101.0002009 UFL Champions
LVL2010530.6251st in UFL101.0002010 UFL Champions
LVL2011310.7502nd in UFL01.000Lost to Virginia Destroyers in Championship Game
LVL20121001.001st in UFL00--Ongoing
LVL Total1360.68421.6672 William Hambrecht Championships
Total70591.53844.500-

Personal life

Before the 2003 NFL season, Fassel was reunited with a son, John Mathieson, whom he and his wife Kitty gave up for adoption in 1969. The couple was unmarried when he was born.

In 2004 and 2005, Jim and Kitty Fassel owned a Quiznos restaurant in Denville, New Jersey. Their son Brian was in charge of day to day operations. The store was sold in April 2005 but has since closed.

Jim and Kitty divorced in 2006 after years of counselling. [6]

Jim Fassel is also the father of John Fassel, currently the special teams coach for the St. Louis Rams.

References

See also

Sporting positions
Preceded by
George Henshaw
Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Gary Kubiak
Preceded by
Dave Atkins
Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator
1996
Succeeded by
Dick Jamieson
Preceded by
Matt Cavanaugh
Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator
2005-Oct. 2006
Succeeded by
Brian Billick (de facto)
Preceded by
Jeff Fisher
Super Bowl Losing Head Coaches
Super Bowl XXXV, 2001
Succeeded by
Mike Martz