Fassel to pursue NFL job

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens senior consultant Jim Fassel is focused solely on being hired for an NFL head coaching job, not on pursuing the vacancies at Notre Dame or Stanford.<br><br> "I have no plans to pursue or accept a college job this year," Fassel said in a statement Monday. "I want to end some of the speculation regarding my coaching future."

The former New York Giants head coach had been linked to Notre Dame and Stanford in published reports. Fassel is a former offensive coordinator at Stanford who recruited and coached Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, but he's not looking to go back there. Nor to Notre Dame, which recently fired Tyrone Willingham and is scrambling after being beaten out by Florida for Urban Meyer.

"It's flattering to have my name associated with elite and very special collegiate programs," Fassel said. "However, my intention is to return to the NFL as a head coach next season. My passion is to help a franchise go to and win the Super Bowl."

Fassel, 55, led the Giants to a Super Bowl in 2000, losing 34-7 to the Ravens. He was fired in New York last season after the Giants lost their final eight games and finished 4-12.

Fassel is most often linked to the Miami Dolphins' job because of his background as an offensive coach. However, he could possibly emerge as a candidate for the Cleveland Browns' job, especially if Ravens director of player personnel Phil Savage is hired as the Browns' general manager.

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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