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|NFL teams passing on Fassel|
Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel in quick order interviewed with Washington Redskins officials (Jan. 1 and 2), met with the Arizona Cardinals (Jan. 3), and then with Buffalo Bills (Jan. 6) management. But the Redskins hired Joe Gibbs and the Cardinals went with Dennis Green.
According to league sources, Fassel had only an average session with the Bills and his attractiveness could be fading there. Bills officials, led by president and general manager Tom Donahoe, spent Thursday reviewing the seven candidates with whom they spoke.
The only other teams with vacancies are the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders. A one-time Oakland assistant, Fassel has not been contacted by Raiders ownership. There were early discussions with the Bears, but Chicago, for whatever reason, lost interest.
During his seven-year Giants tenure, Fassel compiled a 60-56-1 record and took New York to the Super Bowl in 2000. He has one more year remaining on his Giants contract, at a salary of about $2.7 million.