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January 23, 2008
by Jeff Briggs
News keeps getting worse for Redskins fans in their search for a coach. Not only has it dragged on too long and seemingly removed Gregg Williams from consideration (four interviews and no job offer is a bad sign, especially when you have already been an assistant on that team for four years), but now the 'top candidate' keeps getting worse and worse. Right now, it's Jim Fassel.
Fassel's last coaching experience was as offensive coordinator in Baltimore, where he was fired in the middle of the 2006 season. How does Dan Synder think, "That's exactly what the Redskins need! A guy so inept that his best friend, Brian Billick, was forced to fire him." Not to mention that the Ravens did much better with Billick calling the plays (and Billick was fired this year in large part because the Baltimore offense was so bad).
A thought on why Snyder is interested in bring Fassel to Washington is that Fassel's supposed best skill is grooming young quarterbacks into stars, which could help with Jason Campbell. Of course, you can tell how good he is at that by looking at his last project, superstar Kyle Boller.
"Coach Jim said I can make this throw."
On top of all this, the new rumor is that if Fassel comes, he's gonna bring Rex Ryan with him. This means that Gregg Williams will not be the next head coach of the Redskins, let alone remain as the D-coordinator. Luckily, Rex Ryan may still be under contract with the Ravens. Let's hope so. The last thing the Redskins need is another complete change of both the offensive and defensive systems.
Daniel Synder has still failed to learn that winning takes time in the NFL. I thought he was starting to understand that year, when he went an entire off-season without making any major personnel changes, but it seems I was wrong. And of all things, to bring in a guy who is still best known as the ex-coach of the conference-rival Giants? That is not the way to win people over in DC. Oh, and not to mention he got fired from his last two coaching jobs.
Screw it, why don't the Skins just announce their real next coach.
(Update: No, No, No, No. Please, dear God, No. Yes, Jim Fassel made a Superbowl, but I think an ESPN Page 2 article from a couple years ago sums it up best:
A completely uninspiring and forgettable team, which got crushed in a completely uninspiring and forgettable Super Bowl. (Wait, Jim Fassel coached in a Super Bowl? Kerry Collins took every snap for a Super Bowl team?) Nonetheless, the Giants did win the NFC (beating the Vikings 41-0 in the NFC title game when Minnesota essentially quit). The Giants were strong on D, especially against the run (allowing just 3.2 yards per carry) and did beat the Eagles three times, but won a weak conference and lacked star power (only two Pro Bowlers). Did we mention Jim Fassel was the coach?
Great. 4-12 season here we come. Who is coming out of college next year?)