Former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel, 59, is a proven commodity. He has been named NFL Coach of the Year and took his team to Super Bowl XXXV. He owns a 58-53-1 career record.
But Fassel’s resume has yet to parlay into a return to the NFL. Only one team — the Rams — has interviewed Fassel, who also wants to interview for the Raiders’ head-coaching vacancy, according to the San Francisco Chronicle:
He has made it clear that he wants to be a head coach again — so much so, Fassel sent a hand-written letter to Raiders owner Al Davis last November, expressing interest in being interviewed for the team’s head coaching position at the end of the 2008 season.
Fassel, 59, hoped his experience as a head coach, his reputation working with quarterbacks (Collins, Phil Simms; John Elway at Stanford) and his prior relationship with the Raiders as the team’s offensive coordinator would get his foot in the door with Davis.
“I think I know as much about the organization as any coach out there and can do what it takes to make the Raiders great again,” Fassel said.
Davis — who has yet to find a permanent replacement for Lane Kiffin — obviously doesn’t agree.