Fassel out as Ravens' coordinator 

October, 17, 2006
10/17/06
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Ravens head coach Brian Billick removed Jim Fassel as his offensive coordinator Tuesday morning. Billick will now do the gameday play calling. Fassel replaced Matt Cavanaugh as the Ravens' offensive coordinator, but their offense has remained stagnant. They have a Super Bowl caliber defense and some legitimate weapons on the offensive side of the ball, but they are at the bottom of the league in almost every offensive category. Making the move on Baltimore's bye week obviously makes a lot of sense because it will give the players and staff an extra week to get in sync.

So what will change? Billick was Dennis Green's offensive coordinator in Minnesota in the Chris Carter, high-flying offense days for the Vikings. Don't expect the Ravens' offense to turn into that, but they should take more shots deep downfield, something they have done very little of so far this season. Derrick Mason had no catches in Baltimore's loss to Carolina this week. He is far too good of a wide receiver to not catch a pass. The Ravens' weapons will be utilized more efficiently.


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