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Jim Fassel always looks at the point spread

When it comes to gambling, the official policy in the NFL is to stay far, far away. But one former NFL head coach says that he frequently talked about point spreads with his players.

Former Giants coach Jim Fassel, now the head coach of the UFL’s Las Vegas Locos, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he thinks it’s valuable to know the point spread on games he’s coaching.

I’ve never bet on a game and never will bet on a game,” Fassel said. “But I have always looked at the spread.”

Fassel said he found as a coach that he could fire players up by telling them they were underdogs.

“I would use it for motivation if we were the ‘dog,” he said. “A lot of times you use it as motivation. Of course, you can’t use that every week, but hopefully you’re not the underdog every week, either.”

If Fassel ever returns to the NFL, he’ll be urged to keep quiet about point spreads. But he’s currently coaching in Vegas in a league where they openly embrace gambling, and Fassel is a good fit.

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5 Responses to “Jim Fassel always looks at the point spread”
  1. FireJerryJones says: Aug 16, 2010 9:09 AM

    No way this guy gets a job in the NFL again.
    What an idiot.

  2. Krow says: Aug 16, 2010 9:17 AM

    Yeah. Speaking the truth is no way to get an NFL job. What the heck was he thinking.

  3. robert ethen says: Aug 16, 2010 10:03 AM

    Fassel got the guys so fired up they went from 13 point dogs to 9 point dogs, and nearly beat the spread.

  4. Complete Fan says: Aug 16, 2010 10:09 AM

    The guy won a ring in Vegas. So I guess it works.

  5. steelers rule says: Aug 16, 2010 10:57 AM

    The Browns are always underdogs and they still suck!

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