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News » ESPN: Fassel wants to be Raiders' next coach


ESPN: Fassel wants to be Raiders' next coach


ESPN: Fassel wants to be Raiders' next coach
MIAMI Jim Fassel wants to coach the Raiders, ESPN reported Sunday.


The former New York Giants coach sent Al Davis a letter that detailed his "respect and admiration" for the Raiders' owner and his desire to replace interim coach Tom Cable after this season, the report said.

Fassel hasn't worked in the NFL since 2006, when he was fired by then-coach Brian Billick as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator. Fassel coached the Giants in 1997-2003.

Fassel guided the Giants to a Super Bowl appearance against the Ravens in the 2000 season. He had a 60-56-1 record with the Giants.

Davis promoted Cable when he fired Lane Kiffin on Sept. 30. Davis offered Cable no assurances beyond this season.

The Raiders are 1-5 under Cable. They went 1-3 with Kiffin at the helm.

A Raiders spokesman said he was unaware of any letter from Fassel. The report credited a "team source." It's worth noting that Fassel coached under Davis and keeps in touch with him, which makes it a stretch to think Fassel has to sell himself to Davis.

Fassel's son, John, is a special-teams quality-control coach for the Raiders. Jim Fassel visited his son and Davis early in training camp and donned a Raiders T-shirt. At the time, he cautioned against reading too much into his brief stay in Napa.

Fassel acknowledged that he and Davis had some "conversations" in recent years about the prospect of Fassel joining the Raiders, but when asked about his interest in coaching the Raiders he had said: "Don't even bring that up. Quite honestly, sometimes you just stay away because you don't want that. "... No, I really came here because Lane invited me."

Fassel could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Left tackle Kwame Harris committed two of the Raiders' four false-start penalties and struggled in pass protection. As a result, Cable turned to Mario Henderson in the second half.

"At that point, it was just enough is enough, so I made the switch," Cable said. "Mario did a nice job in the second half."

Harris said he wasn't quite sure how to describe how he feels. "It's frustrating," he said. "I don't think you can describe it without using curse words. Frustrating is the best word."

Cable banished wide receiver Ronald Curry to the bench one game after replacing Kiffin, but Curry gained a second chance after starter Javon Walker sustained a season-ending ankle injury against Carolina last week.

On Sunday, Curry caught all six passes thrown his way and showed he still has something to offer. He was the only one of the five Raiders wide receivers who caught a pass.

"That's proof I can play," he said. "It's proof that if you give me an opportunity to make a play, I can make them."

Curry had eight receptions for 74 yards before Sunday.

Marques Tuiasosopo replaced starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell for one series in the second quarter. Russell sustained an ankle injury and needed time to regroup, Cable said. The Raiders lost 11 yards with Tuiasosopo in the game. Russell returned midway through the quarter and finished the game. Russell declined to be interviewed because he learned of a death in the family and wished to be left alone.

Cornerback Chris Johnson forced a fumble in the second quarter, and strong safety Gibril Wilson recovered at Oakland's 18-yard line. That prevented Miami from increasing its 7-0 lead.

Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly recorded one solo sack and combined with Wilson on another sack of Miami's Chad Pennington. Defensive end Jay Richardson's sack in the third quarter resulted in a safety.

Justin Miller made an impressive debut as Oakland's kick returner. His first return netted 40 yards. Overall, he averaged 21 yards on four returns.

Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha faced no passes for the third game this season.

Johnnie Lee Higgins' 93-yard punt return marked the second-longest in Raiders history. Greg Pruitt ripped off a 97-yarder against Cleveland in 1983.

Defensive end Derrick Burgess (triceps), center Jake Grove (calf), linebacker Ricky Brown (groin), quarterback Andrew Walter and Walker were among the eight players deactivated by the Raiders. Tuiasosopo was elevated to No. 2 quarterback with Walter out. Ashley Lelie replaced Walker in the starting lineup, and Kalimba Edwards filled in for Burgess, John Wade for Grove and Sam Williams for Brown.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 17, 2008

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