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Fassel joins the Ravens

Postby WebHamster » Fri Feb 06, 2004 3:41 am

Owings Mills, MD (Sports Network) - Former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel will be introduced Wednesday as a member of the Baltimore Ravens' coaching staff.

Fassel's title with the team is still unclear, but he is likely to serve an advisory role and be an assistant head coach to Brian Billick.

Fassel was dismissed by the Giants during this past season with two games left to play, but agreed with the team to coach out the remainder of the season. The Giants were 4-12 and in last place in the NFC East and lost eight straight.

In seven seasons with New York, Fassel posted a record of 58-53-1 in the regular season. In 1997, Fassel led New York to a 10-5-1 record and the NFC East title in his first season as head coach of the Giants. He was named Coach of the Year after the 1997 season.

During Fassel's reign, the Giants won the 2000 NFC Championship and two division titles. They also made the playoffs a third time as a wild card team last season, but the Giants blew a 24-point lead to the 49ers in the opening round in San Francisco.

During the 2000 NFC title run, Fassel guaranteed that the team would make the playoffs after a loss to Detroit that left the Giants with a 7-4 record. That demonstration of faith in his team set the tone for the rest of the season. Imbued with greater confidence, the players responded by winning the final five games of the regular season to win their second NFC East championship under Fassel and earned them the top seed in the NFC Playoffs. The Giants then defeated Philadelphia and Minnesota to advance to Super Bowl XXXV against Baltimore, his new team.

The Giants were 2-3 in the postseason under Fassel.
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