The hardest part of Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick's decision to fire offensive coordinator Jim Fassel was the uncomfortableness of telling a friend that he simply wasn't working very hard.
The word coming out of Baltimore these days is that Fassel spent much more of his time over the past year angling for a new job rather than focusing on his current one.
Time and again, other members of the offensive staff would walk to Fassel's office with a question or comment, only to be turned away as Fassel spent time on the phone networking rather than focusing on the game plan.
Or as one person in the building said this week: "I've never seen an offensive coordinator who watched less tape than Jim did this year."
That's harsh, but it comes laced with great anguish. Many of Fassel's former cohorts on the Ravens' staff are friends from years gone by.
Over the past year, those friends had hoped that Fassel would break out of the funk that has afflicted him since he was fired as head coachRead More »from Out of focus