Ravens' Notes (Thurs.)

FASSEL UPDATE: Ravens senior consultant Jim Fassel was linked in reports as one of several candidates for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching vacancy created by Dave Wannstedt's resignation this week.

"First of all, I'm looking for a head coaching job in this league," Fassel told the New York Daily News. "Miami is going to be open, and if I think I'm a candidate, I would be interested in talking to them."

Fassel's contract with the Ravens was structured so it would expire Dec. 31. That allows him to interview for a job with any team beginning Jan. 1 even though Baltimore's final regular-season game is at home Jan. 2 against the Dolphins.

"Jim will be a good fit with anyone who is wise enough to hire him," Billick said.

Meanwhile, Fassel has increased his practice work with quarterback Kyle Boller and is attending games now that John Fassel's season is over as the head coach at New Mexico Highlands. Fassel isn't calling plays or increasing his input into the game plan, though.

"That was the plan all along," Billick said. "We alter it based on what we need. It could be during the week to really help Kyle get brushed up in practice doing some fundamentals.

"Don't read too much into all this. I don't know where you're going with this. I can imagine, but don't get to knowing more than you know."

DONNIE BALLGAME: Fiery former Ravens secondary coach Donnie Henderson drew praise from Billick for his work as a first-year Jets' defensive coordinator.

New York (6-2) is ranked 11th overall defensively as Henderson has blitzed liberally and promoted speed and youth.

"Donnie has got them playing very hard, and they're a good group," Billick said. "They hustle and they come at you every down."
Jets coach Herm Edwards said he moved Henderson from the coaches' booth back to the field so he could be closer to his players and him, not because Henderson was running amuck with anger.

"Donnie has done a great job: his intensity, his passion and making players accountable," Edwards said. "He's a great teacher. He's a very passionate person. He wants things done in a way where he holds the players accountable. He set a high standard for them.

"I think with his first year being a coordinator in the NFL, he's done a wonderful job of establishing himself as one of the better coaches and is going to be a very, very good coach. I think the players respect him and play hard for him."

ROSTER MOVES: The Ravens terminated the contract of practice-squad wideout Freddie Millons, and signed receiver Michael Jennings to replace him. Jennings, a former track standout who didn't play football at Florida State, was released by the New England Patriots.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and ravensinsider.com
 


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