Fassel doesn't make Rams' final cut

OWINGS MILLS -- As the St. Louis Rams narrowed their list of head coaching candidates to three finalists, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel wasn't among them.

Fassel interviewed with Rams executives John Shaw and Jay Zygmunt last week in St. Louis, but wasn't invited for a second round of interviews in Los Angeles.

The Rams are considering Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Linehan has been widely labeled as the frontrunner for the job.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders, who's reportedly the favorite to get the Oakland Raiders' job, has been recommended to the Rams' front office by retired former Rams and Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil, but isn't expected to be considered.

With the music beginning to stop on the NFL coaching carousel, it's looking more and more likely that Fassel, 56, will return to Baltimore next season.

The former New York Giants coach has been mentioned as a second-tier candidate for the Buffalo Bills' vacancy. However, Bills owner Ralph Wilson and 80-year-old general manager Marv Levy been concentrating on other coaches, including: Detroit Lions interim coach Dick Jauron, former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman and former New Orleans Saints coach and Bills linebacker Jim Haslett.

Fassel, who coached the Raiders' quarterbacks in 1995, isn't scheduled for an interview with Oakland owner Al Davis.

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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