Thursday, January 12, 2006
Ravens' Fassel interviews with Rams
By Len Pasquarelli
Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel interviewed Thursday with St. Louis officials, as the Rams continue to seek the successor to Mike Martz.
Fassel met with team president John Shaw and with president of football operations Jay Zygmunt after the Rams received permission from the Ravens on Wednesday to conduct the interview. The Rams have not indicated a timeline for replacing Martz, fired one day after the season ended.
Martz, meanwhile, was scheduled for a Friday interview with New Orleans officials. The Saints on Thursday huddled with former Green Bay coach Mike Sherman.
It is widely believed St. Louis is seeking a head coach with expertise on the defensive side, but Fassel is the second offensive coordinator to discuss the opening, joining Scott Linehan of the Miami Dolphins. The Rams have also arranged an interview with Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
Fassel, 56, is the first candidate with previous head coach experience to interview for the St. Louis job. A 15-year NFL veteran, Fassel was the New York Giants head coach for seven seasons, 1997-2003, and compiled a 60-56-1 record. He won two division titles, took the Giants to the playoffs three times, and to Super Bowl XXXV in 2000.
He has been an assistant coach on staffs with the Giants (1991-92), Denver (1993-94), Oakland (1995), Arizona (1996) and Baltimore (2004-2005). Fassel has made it clear he wants to be a head coach again, and he interviewed last week for the Kansas City job before the Chiefs hired Herm Edwards. His name has been mentioned for openings with the Raiders and New York Jets, although he has not met with officials from those clubs.
The Rams have interviewed defensive coordinators Ron Rivera (Chicago), Tim Lewis (New York Giants) and Mike Zimmer (Dallas), and have received permission to speak with Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as well.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here .