Fassel Interviews With Chiefs For Offensive Coordinator Job

Jim Fassel was offensive coordinator for the Giants (also their head coach), Broncos, Cardinals and Ravens.
Jim Fassel was offensive coordinator for the Giants (also their head coach), Broncos, Cardinals and Ravens. (By Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post)
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Jim Fassel, a veteran NFL offensive coordinator and former head coach of the New York Giants, interviewed yesterday at Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs' vacant offensive coordinator's position.

Fassel, 58, went 58-53-1 as head coach of the Giants from 1997 through 2003. He led the Giants to the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, but they lost to Baltimore.

Fassel has also served as offensive coordinator for the Giants, Broncos, Cardinals and, most recently, Ravens. As Baltimore's offense faltered midway through the 2006 season, Fassel was fired and head coach Brian Billick took over the coordinator duties.

Fassel is the fourth known candidate to replace Mike Solari, who was fired shortly after season's end. He joins Chan Gailey, Eric Price and Mike Shula.

¿ DOLPHINS: Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz became the fourth candidate to interview for Miami's head coaching vacancy. He may be the last candidate considered.

Cowboys assistant head coach Tony Sparano, who worked with new Dolphins boss Bill Parcells and new general manager Jeff Ireland when they were in Dallas, interviewed Jan. 5 with Miami and is considered the front-runner for the job. The Dolphins also interviewed Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

¿ COURTS: The league's player retirement plan wrongfully denied some pension benefits to former Bears and Redskins linebacker Wilber Marshall, a federal appeals court ruled.

The Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan acted arbitrarily in selecting the date of a doctor's examination that determined the onset of Marshall's permanent and total disability, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said in an opinion issued yesterday.

The plan's board "abused its discretion in selecting the onset date," the three-judge panel in Richmond said, reversing a lower-court ruling.

Marshall, 45, who helped the Bears and Redskins win Super Bowl titles during a 12-year NFL career, suffers from degenerative arthritis in both knees and ankles, his right elbow, his left shoulder, his spine and his hands. The condition is a result of injuries he suffered during his playing career, according to court records.

Marshall began receiving disability payments from the league plan in 1997. He sought $72,000 in benefits denied to him during an eight-month period from May 2001 to December 2001 after a doctor said he thought Marshall could perform office work.

The appeals court decision means that Marshall, who retired in 1995, will get the money he is owed by the league plan, his lawyer, Dan Sullivan, said in an interview.

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