Jim Fassel, Who Coached the Giants to the Super Bowl, Dies at 71

Jim Fassel, who was a longtime architect of offensive schemes in the execs and collegiate soccer and reached the pinnacle of his profession when he coached the Giants staff that reached the 2001 Super Bowl, died on Monday in Las Vegas. He was 71.

The Giants reported the demise on their web site. Fassel’s son John, the particular groups coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, advised The Los Angeles Times that the trigger was a coronary heart assault.

Fassel, who lived in the Las Vegas space for a few years, advised sportswriters in late November 2000 that he was “shoving my chips to the center of the table” in guaranteeing that his Giants staff, 7-Four after a loss to the Detroit Lions, would attain the playoffs.

“When I called the staff together the night before to tell them what I was going to say, they thought somebody on the staff was going to be fired,” he advised The New York Times. “I just wanted to tell them what I was going to do, and the next day I did it.”

The Giants received their final 5 video games of the 2000 common season, defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the first spherical of the playoffs and trounced the favored Minnesota Vikings, 41-Zero, in the National Football Conference championship sport at Giants Stadium. Kerry Collins, one in every of the many quarterbacks Fassel labored with over the years, threw for 5 touchdowns, together with two to Ike Hilliard and one other to Amani Toomer, his prime extensive receivers.

Fassel was carried off the area by the linemen Michael Strahan and Keith Hamilton, mainstays of the Giants’ protection, together with the linebacker Jessie Armstead.

The Giants’ co-owner Wellington Mara, responding to those that might need despaired over the staff’s prospects late in the common season, mentioned: “Today we proved that we’re the worst team to ever win the National Football Conference championship. I’m happy to say that in two weeks we’re going to try to become the worst team to ever to win the Super Bowl.”

Fassel on the sidelines throughout Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 in Tampa, Fla. The Giants made a stunning run by way of the playoffs however had been defeated in the title sport by the Baltimore Ravens. Credit…Barton Silverman/The New York Times

But the Giants’ luck — chips or no chips on the desk — ran out in January, after they had been routed by the Baltimore Ravens, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV, the Giants’ first league championship matchup since they defeated the Buffalo Bills in the 1991 Super Bowl.

Fassel was an assistant coach with the Giants in 1991 and 1992 and an offensive aide with the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals later in the 1990s earlier than he was named in 1997 to succeed Dan Reeves, the Giants’ head coach for the 4 earlier years.

He was named the N.F.L.’s coach of the 12 months that season, when the Giants completed at 10-5-1. In December 1998, they upset the Denver Broncos, who got here into the sport at 13-Zero behind the future Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.

Fassel introduced in mid-December 2003 that he would resign at the finish of the season, after a pair of shedding campaigns that included a crushing loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the 2002 playoffs after the Giants held a 24-Three lead in the third quarter.

The Giants went 58-53-1 in Fassel’s seven seasons as head coach and made the playoffs thrice.

He was a shade commentator for Westwood One’s radio protection of N.F.L. video games in 2007 and 2008 and was later head coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.

Fassel was interviewed by at least three N.F.L. groups for a head-coaching put up after leaving the Giants, however he was handed over every time. He was an offensive coordinator for the Ravens in 2005 and 2006.

Fassel at his house in Henderson, Nev., in 2011. He was named the N.F.L.’s coach of the 12 months in 1997.Credit…Isaac Brekken for The New York Times

James Edward Fassel was born on Aug. 31, 1949, in Anaheim, Calif. He was a quarterback at Anaheim High School, performed for Fullerton College and was then the backup quarterback for Southern California’s undefeated Rose Bowl championship staff of 1969. He later performed for Long Beach State.

He performed for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 1973, then coached in the World Football League earlier than returning to faculty soccer as an offensive coach for Utah; Weber State, additionally in Utah; and Stanford. He was head coach at Utah from 1985 to 1989.

In addition to his son John, Fassel’s survivors embody his spouse, Kitty, 4 different kids and 16 grandchildren.

“Most people will remember his ‘guarantee’ from 2000, which was genius because if he was wrong he’d have been fired and it’d have been forgotten,” the former Giants operating again Tiki Barber, who performed for Fassel, wrote on Twitter after Fassel’s demise. “When he was right, it became legendary.”