John Fassel invited to be offensive assistant

Updated: February 6, 2004, 3:18 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, N.M. -- John Fassel, the son of former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel, could be joining his dad on the staff of the Baltimore Ravens.

The 30-year-old Fassel is the head coach at New Mexico Highlands, a Division II school that has lost 23 straight games, including an 0-10 record last season in Fassel's first season as the head coach. He was an assistant coach for the Cowboys in 2002.

Fassel said he has been invited to join the staff of Ravens head coach Brian Billick as an offensive assistant. Jim Fassel, fired by the Giants after last season, was hired earlier this week by the Ravens as senior consultant. The Giants also want the elder Fassel to work with second-year quarterback Kyle Boller.

John Fassel said working alongside his dad was probably the biggest draw for accepting the Ravens' offer, but said he had not made a decision.

"I thought I'd come to a decision three or four days ago," Fassel said Thursday. "Now, I'm not so sure."

Fassel said he planned to visit the Ravens' facilities next week and then make a decision.

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