The wins and losses are what they’re. The highs — man oh man, suppose again on January 14, 2001 — are proper there, chronicled within the media information. So are the lows. He received greater than he misplaced, acquired to a Super Bowl with an upstart workforce and lasted seven years in a Big Blue fish bowl that challenges all Giants head coaches to hold their heads above water.
More than the rest Jim Fassel completed from the time he arrived in 1997 to his departure after the 2003 season, he succeeded magnificently on this: He acquired his gamers to play for him.
The upsetting information that Fassel died Monday night at the age of 71 was a merciless wakeup name to anybody who labored for, performed for, wrote about or rooted for the Giants. Some referred to as Fassel “Gentleman Jim’’ however he was more durable than that and he gave the Giants group all he had for so long as he was allowed to accomplish that.
Fassel suffered a coronary heart assault and handed away below sedation at an area hospital close to the place he lived in Las Vegas. Fassel’s dying was confirmed to the Los Angeles Times by his son, John, the Cowboys particular groups coordinator.
For the report, Fassel was 58-53-1 with the Giants however that mundane ledger doesn’t inform the story of his tenure. He made an impression on common supervisor George Young throughout his two years (1991 and 1992) because the Giants offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, rising above the mess that was the regrettable Ray Handley regime. When it was clear Dan Reeves was not a very good match and the Giants have been prepared to transfer on after the 1996 season, Young employed Fassel, who helped resurrect Boomer Esiason out within the desert with the Cardinals.
Bespectacled and type of bookish-looking, it was tempting to low cost Fassel’s skill to encourage a room stuffed with grizzled NFL varieties. He inherited a sickly quarterback state of affairs — Dave Brown, Kent Graham and rookie Danny Kanell — and made it work. Fassel went with Kanell down the stretch and a rising protection led by Michael Strahan steered the Giants to a 10-5-1 report and the NFC East title. Fassel was named NFL Coach of the Year in his first season, however his workforce blew a lead and misplaced to the Vikings within the first spherical of the playoffs.
On the day earlier than Thanksgiving through the 2000 season, the Giants have been 7-4 however had misplaced two straight video games. Coming off seasons of 8-8 and 7-9, Fassel knew his job safety hinged on getting his workforce — with strong-armed Kerry Collins now at quarterback — into the postseason. Fassel walked right into a Wednesday press convention and, after planning this all out one evening earlier, got here up with a doozy of a playoff assure.
“This is a poker game, and I’m shoving my chips to the middle of the table,” Fassel stated. “I’m raising the ante, and anybody who wants in, get in. Anybody who wants out can get out. This team is going to the playoffs, OK? This team is going to the playoffs.”
Fassel’s Giants received their final 5 regular-season video games to end 12-4. They beat the hated Eagles 20-10 in a playoff sport at Giants Stadium — Jason Sehorn’s ballet-like interception was the spotlight — and within the NFC Championship Game thrashed the high-powered Vikings 41-0, permitting franchise patriarch Wellington Mara a glowing moment in a raucous postgame stadium tackle.
“This team was referred to as the worst team ever to win the home-field advantage in the National Football League,” Mara stated as the group roared. “And today, on our field of painted mud, we proved we’re the worst team ever to win the NFC championship. In two weeks, we’re going to try to become the worst team ever to win the Super Bowl.”
That didn’t occur. Fassel’s Giants have been overwhelmed by Ray Lewis and the Ravens’ superlative protection, dropping 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa.
There could be another memorable, unforgettable moment for Fassel. His offense was a dynamo in 2002 and soared to a 38-14 lead in San Francisco in what was growing right into a playoff rout of the 49ers, however an epic collapse, low-lighted by a particular groups fiasco (dangerous snap by Trey Junkin) produced a 39-38 loss. Fassel was on borrowed time after that and was fired after the Giants went 4-12 in 2003. He was changed by Tom Coughlin.
Fassel with the Giants employed John Fox to run his protection and Sean Payton as a younger assistant to work the offense, and each turned glorious NFL head coaches. During the 2001 season, Fassel rose to a troublesome problem after all the New York City space was rocked by the terrorist assault that felled the World Trade Center, visiting Ground Zero and establishing a basis to assist the households of first responders.
Fassel by no means acquired one other NFL head teaching job and grew annoyed that the Giants didn’t deem him worthy of inclusion of their Ring of Honor. His time with the Giants got here after legendary Bill Parcells and earlier than the legendary Coughlin, however Fassel gave the franchise some beautiful moments.