As part of the same FanHouse.com article in which Florida Tuskers coach Jim Haslett says he already has been contacted by an NFL team, Las Vegas Locomotives coach Jim Fassel says he plans to return to the UFL in 2010.
“I loved this,” Fassel said. “I loved coaching in
this league and I just had a ball coaching these guys. You saw the
character and the toughness they have.”
Translation? Fassel, who coached the Giants from 1997 through 2003, knows he’s got no chance of getting an NFL head-coaching job.
Or maybe Fassel has realized that he needs to play it cool in order to generate NFL interest. Indeed, he tried out a very uncool approach last November, sending a “please hire me” letter to Raiders owner Al Davis.
Fassel says he won’t rule out a return to the NFL. But he says he wouldn’t want to “go there and be miserable and lose.”
In other words, he has decided in the past 12 months that he doesn’t want to coach the Raiders, after all.