The series highlighting one assistant coach from each program whose position group will steal the spotlight this fall continues today with Miami:
Coach: Jedd Fisch
Position: Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Experience: Fisch brings nine years of NFL coaching experience to Miami. He came to Coral Gables from Seattle, where he helped lead the Seahawks to a 2010 NFC West Division championship as the team's quarterbacks coach. Fisch joined the Seahawks' staff on Feb. 4, 2010, after spending one season as the University of Minnesota's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Prior to his stay in Minnesota, he coached in the NFL for eight seasons. He spent one season in Denver and four seasons in Baltimore, including 2006, when the Ravens posted a 13-3 record and won the AFC North. Fisch was Baltimore's assistant quarterbacks coach in 2007 after serving as its assistant quarterbacks/wide receivers coach from 2005-06 and offensive assistant in 2004. He began his NFL coaching career on the defensive side of the ball with the Houston Texans (2001-03). He worked on both sides of the ball in 2001 and had administrative duties to help the Texans prepare for their inaugural season.
Of note: He’s a Gator. Fisch graduated from Florida with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He worked with his alma mater's football program for two seasons as a graduate assistant from 1999-2000 while obtaining a master's degree in sports management. He assisted then-Florida coach Steve Spurrier for two seasons, helping the team advance to the Citrus (1999) and Sugar bowls (2000) in addition to winning the SEC title in 2000.
His challenge: Name a starting quarterback and make him a winner. Miami has enough talent on its roster to be great in Al Golden’s first season, but first Fisch must name a starting quarterback. Jacory Harris and Stephen Morris will compete for the starting job during summer camp, but Harris has more experience. And if he were to start, he would be the only senior quarterback starting in the ACC. Harris has to earn that job, though, and he’s been inconsistent and injured. Harris threw 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last year. Fisch said he has and will evaluate the quarterbacks on more than just interceptions -- their knowledge of the offense, their leadership in the huddle, their decision making, etc. Unfortunately for Harris, Miami fans best know him for his 39 career interceptions and a season-changing concussion against Virginia last year. It’s up to Fisch to change that perception and coach ‘em up.