Jim Fassel, who was a longtime architect of offensive schemes within the execs and collegiate soccer and reached the head of his profession when he coached the Giants group that reached the 2001 Tremendous Bowl, died on Monday in Las Vegas. He was 71.
The Giants reported the dying on their web site. Fassel’s son John, the particular groups coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, informed The Los Angeles Occasions that the trigger was a coronary heart assault.
Fassel, who lived within the Las Vegas space for a few years, informed sportswriters in late November 2000 that he was “shoving my chips to the middle of the desk” in guaranteeing that his Giants group, 7-4 after a loss to the Detroit Lions, would attain the playoffs.
“Once I known as the workers collectively the evening earlier than to inform them what I used to be going to say, they thought any individual on the workers was going to be fired,” he informed The New York Occasions. “I simply wished to inform them what I used to be going to do, and the subsequent day I did it.”
The Giants received their final 5 video games of the 2000 common season, defeated the Philadelphia Eagles within the first spherical of the playoffs and trounced the favored Minnesota Vikings, 41-0, within the Nationwide Soccer Convention championship recreation at Giants Stadium. Kerry Collins, one of many many quarterbacks Fassel labored with through the years, threw for 5 touchdowns, together with two to Ike Hilliard and one other to Amani Toomer, his prime large receivers.
Fassel was carried off the sphere by the linemen Michael Strahan and Keith Hamilton, mainstays of the Giants’ protection, together with the linebacker Jessie Armstead.
The Giants’ co-owner Wellington Mara, responding to those that may need despaired over the group’s prospects late within the common season, mentioned: “At the moment we proved that we’re the worst group to ever win the Nationwide Soccer Convention championship. I’m glad to say that in two weeks we’re going to attempt to grow to be the worst group to ever to win the Tremendous Bowl.”
However the Giants’ luck — chips or no chips on the desk — ran out in January, once they had been routed by the Baltimore Ravens, 34-7, in Tremendous Bowl XXXV, the Giants’ first league championship matchup since they defeated the Buffalo Payments within the 1991 Tremendous Bowl.
Fassel was an assistant coach with the Giants in 1991 and 1992 and an offensive aide with the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals later within the Nineteen Nineties earlier than he was named in 1997 to succeed Dan Reeves, the Giants’ head coach for the 4 earlier years.
He was named the N.F.L.’s coach of the 12 months that season, when the Giants completed at 10-5-1. In December 1998, they upset the Denver Broncos, who got here into the sport at 13-0 behind the long run Corridor of Fame quarterback John Elway.
Fassel introduced in mid-December 2003 that he would resign on the finish of the season, after a pair of dropping campaigns that included a crushing loss to the San Francisco 49ers within the 2002 playoffs after the Giants held a 24-3 lead within the third quarter.
The Giants went 58-53-1 in Fassel’s seven seasons as head coach and made the playoffs thrice.
He was a coloration commentator for Westwood One’s radio protection of N.F.L. video games in 2007 and 2008 and was later head coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Soccer League.
Fassel was interviewed by no less than three N.F.L. groups for a head-coaching submit after leaving the Giants, however he was handed over every time. He was an offensive coordinator for the Ravens in 2005 and 2006.
James Edward Fassel was born on Aug. 31, 1949, in Anaheim, Calif. He was a quarterback at Anaheim Excessive Faculty, performed for Fullerton Faculty and was then the backup quarterback for Southern California’s undefeated Rose Bowl championship group of 1969. He later performed for Lengthy Seaside State.
He performed for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Soccer League in 1973, then coached within the World Soccer League earlier than returning to school soccer as an offensive coach for Utah; Weber State, additionally in Utah; and Stanford. He was head coach at Utah from 1985 to 1989.
Along with his son John, Fassel’s survivors embody his spouse, Kitty, 4 different kids and 16 grandchildren.
“Most individuals will bear in mind his ‘assure’ from 2000, which was genius as a result of if he was mistaken he’d have been fired and it’d have been forgotten,” the previous Giants working again Tiki Barber, who performed for Fassel, wrote on Twitter after Fassel’s dying. “When he was proper, it grew to become legendary.”