Jim Fassel Writes Letter To Al Davis Saying He Wants To Coach The Raiders

Jim Fassel Wants To Coach The Raiders. Is He; 1) Stupid, 2) Masochistic, 3) Desperate, 4) All Of The Above

11/16/08 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

The last time Jim Fassel had a head coaching job in the NFL was in 2003, when he was fired after going 60-56-1 in 7 years with the Giants. He spent some time as an offensive coordinator for the Ravens, who had one of the worst offenses in football during his tenure. Now, he's working for Westwood One, doing radio broadcasts for NFL games.

Clearly, Fassel is desperate to get back into the coaching game. So desperate, in fact, that he sent a handwritten note to arguably the worst owner in the NFL, essentially begging for a chance to coach his train wreck of a team. From ESPN.com:

"Fassel recently sent a handwritten letter to Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, expressing his respect and admiration for Davis and his desire to coach the embattled franchise."

Oh, Jim Fassel. How desperate art thou? Let me count the ways...

1. He wrote a letter to the worst franchise in football over the past few years, begging for a chance to coach.
2. Said coaching job might be the most volatile and least secure position in the NFL, with the lowest opportunity to actually run anything.
3. The note was handwritten. Not an email, not a typed letter... handwritten. Like a stalker or something.
4. Al Davis would immediately become his boss.
5. Yes, the same Al Davis who has a history of not paying his coaches after he throws them under the bus.
6. The team has little to no chance of success in the near future, and has a history of making terrible personnel decisions, with no reason to believe that will change.

This job is THE worst coaching job in football. I have a funny feeling that Al Davis might get in trouble for violating the Rooney Rule when he looks for a new coach, because whenever he tries to interview a minority candidate, they will probably just decline the invitation. The job is THAT bad. And Jim Fassel is begging for it.


Jim Fassel's Note To Al Davis: He Wants To Coach Oakland Raiders [ESPN]
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1/22/09   |   SweatSkywalker

it's a priviledge 2 coach n the NFL, 4 any team, and it should be treated as such... Fassel's been to, and won a SB.  it's a lotta trash talkin bout young Fassel, but honestly, even when u win, ur job isn't safe in the league.  and, Al is lucky that ANYBODY wants 2 work for him.  i put the Raiders futility solely on him, and OAK will continue 2 suck until Al relinqueshes his hold on the organization.  and the team is NOT that bad; there are 7 NFL teams with a worse record than OAK as of the end of this season.  much talent, little to no direction.  Fassel's just being opportunistic, and seizing the day, as it were. 

11/16/08   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

I'd laugh if that closing paragraph about the Rooney Rule actually happened, and if it does, I suggest Dan Rooney keeps his mouth shut.  If nobody but Jim Fassel wants the job, and if Fassel wants it that badly, give it to him.  I can't believe he lacks so many brain cells that he's actually asking to coach that team.

11/16/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

LA_dodgers_fan wrote:
As anyone might imagine, when you start asking for work your career has taken a major downturn.  When you start asking for work from the Raiders, well maybe it's time to retire.  On the other hand, if I was calling games for Westwood One I might think about it also.

I think the hardest hit I've seen today is the one in your profile pic

11/16/08   |   LA_dodgers_fan

(Edited by LA_dodgers_fan)

As anyone might imagine, when you start asking for work your career has taken a major downturn.  When you start asking for work from the Raiders, well maybe it's time to retire.  On the other hand, if I was calling games for Westwood One I might think about it also.

11/16/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

How about 5) he's braindead

11/16/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

The answer is all of the above, btw.