Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Minnesota's Fisch reportedly NFL bound
By ESPN.com staff
All signs continue to point toward Minnesota offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch leaving his post to join Pete Carroll's staff with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Star Tribune reported Monday afternoon that Fisch will become Seahawks quarterbacks coach and could be officially announced as early as today. I've been told that while Fisch has spent only one season as the Gophers offensive coordinator and has financial incentives to remain in Minneapolis, the lure of the NFL remains strong for him.
Fisch spend the last eight seasons in the NFL before joining Minnesota's staff.
Minnesota's offense struggled under Fisch in 2009, finishing last in the Big Ten in both yards (306.5 ypg) and points (20.9 ppg). But keep in mind that the Gophers were adjusting to a dramatically different system and lacked the personnel, especially on the offensive line, to run it effectively. Year 2 likely would have been better, and Fisch, in my view, remains a bright football mind.
If Fisch departs, head coach Tim Brewster definitely will keep the same system in place. Don't expect Brewster to take on the play-calling duties for 2010, but offensive line coach/run game coordinator Tim Davis could be elevated to the role.