BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick has fired offensive coordinator Jim Fassel and will take over the play-calling for the Ravens offense.
Billick said it was difficult for him to let Fassel go, saying he has been "a valuable and loyal coach to me." However, he added, "clearly, in order for us to expand on our 4-2 start we have to have more offensive productivity."
"There was no single incident, no single episode, nothing specific that brought about this change," Billick said. "Something dramatic needed to be done."
But he would not go into what finally sparked the decision.
"It serves no purpose to go back and revist any particular reason why this has been brought about so I'm not gonna do it," Billick said.
Fassel was in his second year as the Ravens' offensive coordinator after serving a season with the team as a senior consultant to the offense.
He previously served as head coach of the New York Giants from 1997 to 2003, guiding the Giants to two NFC East titles, a conference championship, an appearance in the Super Bowl and a wild-card playoff berth.