LA Rams special teams coach Jim Fassel reportedly drawing interest from Dallas Cowboys new head coach Mike McCarthy
LA Rams special teams coach Jim Fassel knows special teams. His special teams are regularly among the best in the NFL year in and year out. So it’s no wonder that he is drawing a lot of interest from Dallas Cowboys new head coach Mike McCarthy. At least, that is what ESPN’s Todd Archer is reporting.
Losing Fassel would be a huge blow to the Rams. Right now, the Rams have discharged defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and running backs coach Skip Peete. While the Rams took a step back on offense, and some can argue on defense, special teams performance has been rock-steaty under Fassel. His 2017 unit sent four players to the Pro Bowl for special teams play.
So it makes sense that new coach McCarthy would target the best out there to improve one of the worst areas for the Dallas Cowboys. The question is, can Dallas pry him away from the LA Rams? I don’t think it’s an automatic with Fassel.
Right now, the Rams have a better run organization in terms of distractions and drama. The Rams also have been to Super Bowl 53, something the Dallas Cowboys have not done in many years. Finally, the Rams are not “starting over”. Dallas is a concept right now. While that may be attractive for small market team position, unemployed, or discontented coaches, I don’t see John Fassel as fitting into any of those categories.
To get Fassel, Dallas will need to offer a significant promotion. Owner Jerry Jones wants McCarthy to retain many offensive coaches. So opportunities to expand Fassel’s role at Dallas may be shrinking in number. Still, stranger things have happened. The trouble with coaching defections is the length of time needed to fill unexpected vacancies. I don’t think the Rams would do well over a prolonged search for a special teams coordinator.