Ravens' Fassel in holding pattern

OWINGS MILLS -- With the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets deadlocked in negotiations for Jets coach Herm Edwards, it leaves Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel's candidacy with the Chiefs in limbo.

Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson, who interviewed Fassel on Tuesday night in Baltimore, is reportedly balking at compensating the Jets with fourth and fifth-round draft picks for Edwards. The Chiefs interviewed offensive coordinator Al Saunders on Monday.

Even if Fassel, 56, doesn't get the Chiefs job, he could surface as a strong candidate with the Jets if Edwards departs and has already been earmarked for a potential return to New York in several published reports.

The former New York Giants head coach coached the 24th-ranked offense as the Ravens finished 6-10 and had their fewest points per contest (16.6) and touchdowns (25) in their 10-year history to finish 25th in scoring. However, the Ravens scored 94 points over the last three games.

Among the other job openings, Fassel has most often been linked to the Oakland Raiders since owner Al Davis tends to hire offensive-minded coaches.
The Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans have moved forward with several interviews already since firing their respective head coaches.

The Ravens have begun interviewing assistant coach candidates after parting ways with five assistants Tuesday, including one interview Wednesday night at the team's training complex. Former Vikings receivers coach Wes Chandler is expected to join the staff.

Fiery former Ravens secondary coach Donnie Henderson, the Jets' 48-year-old defensive coordinator, is expected to interview for the Saints job today in San Antonio and follow up that meeting Monday in New Orleans.


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

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