The play that protected the Rams in the NFC Championship Game and the play that sent them to Super Bowl LIII both were made by John Fassel finds.
The Rams trailed 13-0 against the Saints until punter Johnny Hekker’s pass fruition expanded a second-quarter drive bringing about a field objective. A few hours after the fact, Greg Zuerlein kicked the longest amusement winning field objective in NFL playoff history, a 57-yarder to end extra minutes.
A glad day for Fassel, the Rams exceptional groups facilitator since 2012. A pleased day for his dad Jim, the previous head mentor of the Giants who had John around the group as a school matured ball kid in the late 1990s.
“What he’s done there is stunning,” Jim revealed to NJ Advance Media. “He found both the kicker and the punter, and that mix is by a long shot the best in the NFL. The thing I’m most glad for with John is he gets the best out of his players.”
The senior Fassel was viewing with companions on one of the two wide screen TVs at his Las Vegas home. He had a minute best depicted as dad’s instinct before Hekker’s 12-yard culmination to a cornerback moved the chains on fourth-and-5.
“I knew 100 percent he would haul something out of his back pocket on unique groups,” Jim said.
Hekker attempted to stroll on as a quarterback at Oregon State yet made the group as a punter. He is the Rams’ crisis third-string quarterback on gamedays and is 12-for-20 tossing the ball amid a seven-year vocation that incorporates four Pro Bowl choices.
“John was searching for a punter that could toss the football,” Jim said. “John continued selecting (Hekker) and afterward there probably been 10 groups who needed to talk him (after he went undrafted). He stated, ‘I need to play for John Fassel.'”
The Rams’ NFC title profited from a missed pass impedance punishment that could’ve set up the Saints for a stroll off win, yet Jim Fassel wouldn’t like to hear sharp grapes. The Giants lost a heartbreaker to the 49ers amid the 2002 playoffs when a conspicuous pass impedance punishment on the last play — a scramble bore after a low snap on a field-objective endeavor — was overlooked.
“You must win,” Jim said. “The refs missed the call. Individuals overlook that when we played the 49ers the arbitrators blew it totally. That cost us the amusement. Presently if there is a punishment on the last play, every one of the officials get together and state, ‘What did you see?'”
John Fassel was on the sidelines for a Super Bowl once previously, watching very close as his dad’s Giants lost to the Ravens in January 2001. By at that point, he had moved on from ball kid to school football colleague mentor.