Ravens hire younger Fassel

OWINGS MILLS -- There will be more than one coach named Fassel on the Baltimore Ravens' staff.<br><br> John Fassel, the son of Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel, will be hired as an offensive assistant one year after turning down an offer from Baltimore coach Brian Billick.

Fassel, 31, will be responsible for analyzing film and compiling scouting reports. He had been working as the head coach at New Mexico Highlands University, a struggling Division II program.

"You could say dream fulfilled," Fassel told the Associated Press. "Whether it was high school, college or pros, I just wanted a chance to coach with my dad. It happens he has a chance to coach at the ultimate level."

Fassel lost his first 25 games as head coach before pulling off a 41-24 win over Mesa State last September. His team finished 3-8 this season.
The elder Fassel is a well-established coach who led the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV, where they lost to the Ravens. He acted as a senior consultant last season who tutored quarterback Kyle Boller.

For John Fassel, this represents a second chance at the NFL that most people don't get. Especially for those without his high-ranking connections.

"For coach Billick to come back a second time, I'm in awe," Fassel said. "It's an opportunity to work with the best of the best.

"I still had a lot to prove and win some games. Now, I feel they're on solid ground and I feel real confident that I can leave and it won't be a problem."

NOTES: Ravens linebackers coach Mike Singletary is under consideration to become the San Francisco 49ers' assistant head coach and linebackers coach. If Singletary leaves, the Ravens would likely have outside linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald coach the entire unit. ... Assistant secondary coach Dennis Thurman has been mentioned as a candidate with the 49ers. ... Running backs coach Matt Simon was unable to come to terms with Washington coach Ty Willingham to become the Huskies' offensive coordinator. Simon recommended former Ravens offensive line coach Jim Colletto to Willingham, but Colletto said he hasn't been contacted. ... New defensive line coach Clarence Brooks was complimentary Thursday of scrappy nose guard Kelly Gregg: "I'm a big Kelly Gregg fan. We had a kid that played for us named Jeff Zgonina, and they're very, very similar in body type and style of play. I'm used to having guys that play hard and play with passion."

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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