Fassel retaking the reins

Payton spoke in 'what-ifs' even though he already knew his fate was sealed. "If it's going to be done, will I agree with it?" Payton asked. "No."<

While neither Jim Fassel nor Offensive Coordinator Sean Payton would confirm the news Wednesday, all the Giants already knew: Fassel was going to take over the club's play-calling duties that he relinquished to Payton during the 1999 season.

"It would be quite a load, no doubt about it," Fassel said. "But this is not rocket science we're doing here. It's not something impossible. I've done it before."

Payton spoke in 'what-ifs' even though he already knew his fate was sealed. "If it's going to be done, will I agree with it?" Payton asked. "No."

Payton said his track record speaks for itself. He harkened back to the 2000 Super Bowl campaign, his first full season calling the plays. "You'd have to go back 15 years to find a better [Giants] offense," he said.

And he clearly didn't agree with the decision. "I don't think the play-calling is why we're 3-4," he said. Fassel said that he believed that a team shouldn't have two guys sharing in the play-calling duties. "You have to have [one] train of thought," he said. And this week against Jacksonville, it's going to be Fassel.

"I'm not going to sit still and watch [the Giants score] one touchdown a week," Fassel said.


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