- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 17, 2006

1:14 p.m.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick has removed offensive coordinator Jim Fassel from his position.

Billick, a close friend of the former New York Giants coach, announced the change today at a noon news conference at the Ravens’ headquarters, calling it “one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make.”

“I have an obligation to this organization to do what I think is in the best interests of this team, regardless of how difficult those decisions are,” Billick added.

Fassel was in his second year as the Ravens’ offensive coordinator after serving a season as a senior consultant to the offense.

From 1997 to 2003, he guided the Giants to two NFC East titles, a conference championship, an appearance in the Super Bowl and a wild-card playoff berth.

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