The San Francisco Chronicle broke the news today that Jim Fassel has interviewed for the head-coaching job in Oakland.
Fassel says that’s news to him.
He told Gary Williams of Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio that the former Giants coach and current UFL coach has heard nothing from the Raiders about replacing Tom Cable.
“No,” Fassel said in response to the question of whether anyone has reached out to him. “Because, I mean, Tom Cable’s the coach. . . . I think if a coach is in place you don’t start calling somebody and seeing if the job is open or not. Tom Cable is the coach.
“My son happens to be the special teams coordinator for the Raiders and they played very well this year. They set an NFL record, an all-time record, of net punt [yards] and gross punt [yards] this year. So I follow the Raiders pretty closely because my son is coaching there and I coached there at one time. But, no, I’m not lobbying for any job. I’m not lobbying for the Raider job. I have never in my life rooted for a coach to be let go so there’s an opening. I never have. I’m in the same fraternity. I just got my nose to the grindstone. I’m down here in Vegas working on getting situated down here and that’s where I am. Nobody’s reached out to me.”
At the time, Tom Cable was still the coach.
Sure, he was coaching the team on an interim basis. But the reasoning Fassel espoused today seems to contradict his past effort to secure consideration for a job that technically was filled.
It could be that Fassel has indeed been contacted (and interviewed) by the Raiders, and that he has been sworn to secrecy, even if that means not being honest when asked point blank about the team’s pursuit of him. If, after all, the Raiders decide to keep Cable, they’d surely prefer avoiding the impression that they tried to find someone else to take his job.