Jim Fassel Writes Letters, Tells Al Davis He'd Like to Coach Raiders

I can't envision a situation where someone of sound mind would agree to take the Raiders' head coaching gig, given what's happened since owner Al Davis fired Bill Callahan in 2003. We've seen Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin and now Tom Cable amass 17 wins in four-plus seasons. Staggering.

So maybe Oakland's best hope is to find an eager, young, bright football mind, someone who would use the opportunity to get some experience, while changing the culture of losing in the process. You know, somebody like, say, Lane Kiffin.

Or maybe not. The New York Daily News' Gary Myers has a suggestion:

Former Giants coach Jim Fassel fits the profile to be the Raiders' next head coach: He wants to coach again. After the Lane Kiffin disaster, Al Davis is not going to hire another coach barely out of diapers. The hot assistants are not going to want that land mine as their first NFL head coaching job. So that leaves the recycled coaches.

Myers points out that Fassel lost out to Herm Edwards in Kansas City, Scott Linehan in St. Louis and Kiffin in Oakland, which raises more questions than it answers, I think. Fassel, who took the Giants to the Super Bowl in 2000, couldn't beat out three guys who have subsequently run their respective teams into the ground, and two of them have already been fired?

Oh, and Brian Billick, allegedly Fassel's best friend, fired him as the Ravens offensive coordinator a few seasons ago.

This morning, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Fassel sent Davis a hand-written letter expressing his interest in the Raiders job, which makes me believe that Fassel was domed with a piano recently. Here's the thing: Davis could reunite Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis and the Raiders would still win four games.

More pithily: Oakland will be a laughingstock as long as Davis is running the show. This concludes the blatantly obvious portion of this post.

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