All's Quiet on the Fassel front

OWINGS MILLS -- The always active NFL rumor mill has linked Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel as a candidate for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders' vacancies.

 However, neither team has asked the Ravens for permission to interview the former New York Giants head coach.

No NFL team had requested permission to interview Fassel as of late Monday afternoon, according to general manager Ozzie Newsome.
Kansas City Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson interviewed Fassel last week in Baltimore, days before coming to terms with Herm Edwards.

Fassel, 56, had a 58-53 regular-season record in New York with two NFC East titles and a Super Bowl XXXV loss to Baltimore.

Among the many possibilities being mentioned for the Jets' job: former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman, former St. Louis Rams interim coach Joe Vitt, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini, Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, former New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett, Jets offensive and defensive coordinators Mike Heimerdinger and Donnie Henderson along with special teams coach Mike Westhoff.

Under the leadership of enigmatic Raiders owner Al Davis, the Oakland search has been much less forthcoming. Fassel was the Raiders' quarterbacks coach in 1995.

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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