Thursday, January 13, 2011
Miami hires offensive coordinator
By Heather Dinich
Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch was hired as Miami's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach as a soon as his team finishes its run in the NFL playoffs.
Fisch is the second assistant coach Al Golden has hired with ties to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Tight ends coach/national recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll is the oldest son of Pete Carroll.
"On background, his credentials and skills are the right match for the pro-style offense we will run," Miami coach Al Golden said in a prepared statement. "Jedd has learned from the best coaches in the game, both professionally and on the college level, and he has taken those experiences to develop his own unique approach. On the field, he is a thorough communicator and devoted to skill development at every position."
Fisch joined the Seahawks staff on Feb. 4, 2010, after spending one season as Minnesota's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Prior to his stay in Minnesota, he was in the NFL for eight seasons.
Fans hear NFL background and often seem to instantly equate it with success, but remember how much hype surrounded Mark Whipple when he arrived on campus? Whipple came to Miami after coaching the Steelers' quarterbacks, but the offense was inconsistent during his tenure with the Canes, and the quarterbacks didn't seem to make too much progress. (He must've been doing something right, though, to lead the list of candidates to become Connecticut's next head coach.)
Unless I'm missing it, Fisch's collegiate experience includes one season at Minnesota and two seasons as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Florida. He's only 34 years old, but has made his way to four different NFL teams -- Seattle, Denver, Baltimore and Houston.
Fisch sounds like a good hire, but until Miami sees some improvement at the quarterback position, the jury is out.