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Meet UM offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch

New University of Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch spoke with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is what he had to say:

Fisch Opening statement: "I want to say how excited I am about joining The U. While it's been a crazy time here in Seattle preparing for the second round of the playoffs, the opportunity to join the U football program, coach [Al] Golden, is really exciting. I can't wait to be down there, but hopefully it won't come for a few more weeks as we're hoping to continue on our Super Bowl quest. It's a great moment for me, my family. My wife can't wait to get down there as well as my two kids."

Why did you decide to make the move to college now?
"That's a great question. The first reason is I realized how much I missed the game of college football, the pageantry that college football brings, the youth, excitement, energy of the players you have the opportunity to coach. The second reason was I wasn't planning on going back to college football this year. It wasn't something I was looking into at all. I was thrilled to death to be in the job I have, but when a program like the University of Miami calls and you have that opportunity, it was a dream come true. I grew up in northern New Jersey, my brother went to law school at the University of Miami. I couldn't believe it, was so thrilled to take it."

When will you be able to start recruiting?
"Depending how we move forward in Seattle. Assuming we win on Sunday [in Chicago], then I will continue in my role as the quarterbacks coach of the Seahawks and the program will recruit knowing that I will be there when the season ends. I hope the athletes Miami is recruiting, there will be some visibility because then we will be in the NFC Championship Game and from there the Super Bowl. Recruiting would be going on without me making the direct hit, hopefully the indirect hit of being part of a championship program [would be beneficial]."

Are you allowed to recruit while you are still coaching the Seahawks?
"From what I understand about the compliance, until I take the NCAA recruiting exam, which is administered at the university, there would be no contact with potential student-athletes."

Can you at least evaluate the QB's Miami is currently recruiting, watch film of them to figure out who you want?
"That will have to wait. Brennan Carroll who is the national recruiting coordinator has been evaluating some top-notch quarterbacks. He's looking at them and coach Golden is looking at them, George McDonald, the wide receivers coach, is looking at them. They know what direction we're going in on offense. What I appreciate most about coach Golden is, `You take care of your business, winning this week and beating the Chicago Bears, and whatever happens after that we'll revisit it.' Right now we're about winning, taking care of the Seahawks business."

Can you talk about your offensive philosophy?
"I know a lot of people use the term pro style offense. We'll be multiple and balanced. That's the key to a pro style offense. We'll use personnel groupings to our advantage. We're going to try to find our best matchups whether that be through the air, on the ground, getting the ball to our running backs in space, more of a downhill running attack, taking one-on-one matchups with our wide receivers. We're going to evaluate all of that. We'll be under center and shotgun, and we're going to attack. The one thing I really believe in is taking advantage of the defense with your personnel and being able to make explosive plays when the opportunity presents itself. If you take care of the football and make explosive plays you'll win a lot of football games."

What did you learn in your time as offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota (2009)?
"You can never underestimate the value of experience. It was a phenomenal learning curve for me, both the good and bad. What you learn is what the players can handle, the 20 hour rule versus an NFL work week, how it really feels, what you can ask your players to do, really do a better job of evaluating your own talent. I think the key thing in college football vs. pro football - you better really know what you have. You better know what you can ask your guys to do. The thing about coming to the U is we have the ability and opportunity to have the best players in the country. To be able to figure out what they do best, put them in position to do that, will give us our best chance."

Having coached at the pro level, what do you think can you bring to a college team?
"I believe a lot. Pro football -- it's football all the time, and you're around the best of the best in terms of the athletes you're coaching and you get a great feel of what can be done and can't be done, what's too much and what's not too much. When you're around the pro athletes scheme is so important, the amount of time you can study film, get ideas, learn from different coaches in what people are doing to attack defenses. It's really good. To be able to take that experience and the resources you have in the NFL in terms of offensive line coaches, quarterback coaches, wide receiver coaches, coordinators - talking to those guys and asking those guy questions you build such great relationships that they never die. What I'm looking forward to is coming in and taking the experiences of what we did in the NFL, and we did a lot of good things in the nine years I coached in the NFL, and the things we did at Minnesota - we did some good things there - and put those together and put [forth] the best possible plan for the University of Miami to put the U offense back on top, which is where it belongs."

What is the history of your relationship with Al Golden?
"It's a very short history. It goes about five days. I never met coach Golden prior to our phone conversations. I will tell you I can't be more impressed. Obviously it's not an easy decision to make when you're in the middle of a playoff run with a very young team and a first-year head coach. The reason I left is two-fold: one, Al Golden, two the tradition at the U. The times I spoke to coach golden on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, every time that we talked prior to the offer and the acceptance of the position has been great conversation. We're on the same page not only philosophically but schematically. We bring a similar passion and energy to coaching. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work for him."

So you've never met coach Golden?
"No."

So how did the connection form between you and coach Golden?
"I never specifically asked him that question. I don't know the answer. The relationship, we'll build that over time. The relationship will thrive; I can tell that from the conversations we've had.

When did he first make contact with you?
"He made contact with me on Sunday evening, spoke with coach [Pete] Carroll and then he spoke with me. It was more of a brief introduction at first, talked about my history, the people I've coached, coached with, the philosophy I have. We moved forward from there."

Can you talk about working with Mike Shanahan, coach [Pete] Carroll and Brian Billick, coaches like that?
"Those coaches have won three national championships, have competed in five national championships, and they are coaches that have won three Super Bowls - it's about as good as it gets in that regard. Obviously each guy brings something else to the table. Each guy has a special quality. But all of them universally have the No. 1 quality of being great competitors. The No. 1 thing I've taken from those guys is the motivation to compete every time. I hope I can take all of their characteristics and mold them into the coach that I'll continue to be."

UM's quarterbacks have thrown a lot of interceptions the last couple of years. How do you work with quarterbacks to make better decisions?
"Interceptions are the craziest things. You watch Tom Brady, it's in the 330 range of throwing without an interceptions. You can watch ones tipped, dropped interceptions. Sometimes it just works out that way. Other times it works out that they weren't clear on the read. Sometimes it's experience in the offense. What we need to do is make sure with the quarterback that the first thing you teach them is where everybody is on the field. Until they realize where their receivers are they stick the ball in tight places when they don't need to. The other thing is you have to teach quarterbacks to take care of the football - punting is okay, it's okay to throw it away. When you don't, sometimes momentum swings. We have to teach our quarterbacks to be extremely disciplined. They have to have a great work ethic so they understand what we're asking them to do."

You never played football, even at the high school level. How unlikely is it for you to be where you are now at age 34?
"There's a lot of circumstances that go around a lot of things. The one thing I know is when you work extremely hard, if you give it everything you have usually good things happen. One thing I chose to do growing up is I was going to be a football coach and a football coach at the highest level. That opportunity presented itself every time I turned around."

Your offense struggled at Minnesota (2009). What went wrong?
"They were in their third year [under the same head coach], had run spread, had no experience with the quarterback under center, from an I formation. I tried to go and put in an offense thinking they had more experience in that type of system than they actually did. I might have been quick to assume they were able to get it right away. We just have to always continue to evaluate, how to get better and make sure that at Miami if there's something that I'm going to make sure I keep a close eye on, it's what our players can handle mentally and physically."

How familiar are you with the guys you're coaching with and will you have any input on the offensive line coach hiring?
"I know George McDonald, spent three weeks prior to him departing for Cleveland - he was at Minnesota when they hired me. I think highly of him. In terms of Brennan [Carroll]] - Brennan and I met a couple of times, have always had great conversations. I'm looking forward to meeting with everyone on the staff. Coach Golden and I have been speaking about the line coach and we'll continue to have that communication. Obviously it's a critical hire for the program, for me to make sure we're on the same page with)the philosophy of running the football and pass protection."

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Caneboss - I did see the ESPN thing but it didn't change my perception of Shannon at all. He's still a petty and paranoid man who was not mentally tough enough to be in the public eye. I won't say it had nothing to do with race, because maybe he acted that way because he was afraid of presenting the wrong image as a former player turned coach, but obviously race had nothing to do with why he was hired.

Anyway, I thought the major theme of the ESPN discussion was off base. As a white person, I can't help but feel irked by some aspects of affirmative action - things like minority scholarships and so forth that would never be acceptable if they were whites only. And I'm sure that black people feel irked by the unequal representation they see everywhere in this country and feel like they deserve anything they're given.

But I don't think this country can ever move forward as long as we feel the need to have "town hall meetings" to discuss things like black athletes.

Listen to Morgan Freeman, he has the answer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3cGfrExozQ

* fired

There is some serious optimism and serious negativity in this discussion! I don't get the Gator trashing stuff. Who cares about them except as they may be the next opponent? Then, let's direct our venom there. We do compete for recruits and UM has a better potential product.

We have a new start at the U with Coach Golden. He is bringing in a young OC. What young coach hasn't had setbacks? Coach Fisch seems to be well-regarded by many "in the know." I am glad UM has hired him. You have to start somewhere, and this is where the Golden regime is beginning. Some guys are x's and o's dudes, even though they haven't put on the pads. Rare but not impossible.

Saw the program on black athletes, coaches and the sports industry referred to in several posts. For me, it was well done and informative about the barriers and opportunities that are out there. Coach Shannon made some good points. He is a good man and a true Cane and an example of overcoming terrible, dehumanizing adversity in order to prosper. He is also an inarticulate guy, and that was in contrast to many on the panel. It is a barrier for him in how he comes across and his level of comfort in leadership situations. I wish him well in all things, as he is a positive example for many.

One of his values was fully expressed by the sports media guy when the latter asked - why do some disrespect educational achievement and how do we stop that nonsense?. Coach Shannon gets it and I applaud him and all the Canes who have finished their degrees. It makes us all better.

We do have to come together as people. Race is too often a dividing factor, with this true on all sides of the issue. Let's find our commonalities as human brings, and celebrate both them and our differences. It is better!

Now is the time to get behind our Canes, their new coaches and the University of Miami in general. Something good is coming. If not, you simply make changes until the right combination develops. Just like in each of our lives, no?
GO CANES!

I agree with lance powerhouse. I bleed green and orange and I am white. I could care less if the U is all black, all chinese. As long as they bring in the ships. This whole issue about blacks in sports is ridiculous. Its the liberal medias way of adding fuel to a fire that isnt even there.

The U has had blacks from the hood, hispanics, white boys from Canada, Middle eastern kids, and suburbian kids. I dont care about the numbers breakdown. Miami has fired white coaches before, and it hired and fired a black coach.

Blacks will never get equal representation, because as a whole they will always be a minority. Hispanics are even becoming more populous than blacks and will be the "majority" in some time. But in sports, who cares. lets stop being divisive.

And dbc- the gator trashing is just a reminder to the gatard losers who come on here for no reason but to undermine our beloved U. It puts these animals back in thee rightful place- below the U

no more black players or coaches at the U...give me Al Golden and Wes Walker..Thanks Kirby Holcutt

dbc - I'm in the camp that disrespects the educational achievements of football players. I was an undergrad at UM and all my humanities classes were packed with football and basketball players.

I was in a class with Bryan Pata before he was murdered, and for some reason the professor decided it would be a good idea to hand out to the class a paper he had written. It actually was a great story about his life and the struggles of his family members who had come over from Cuba but it was written at literally a first grade level, and that was with the help of a tutor. He got an A.

These guys, especially at a private school like UM, do not earn their degrees. They are allowed to coast through with Sociology, Criminology, or Sports Medicine majors and they have personal tutors to write all their papers from them.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the have the kinds of opportunities that they never would get without sports scholarships (Bryant McKinnie actually graduated with a double major in Marine Science and Biology), but the idea that UM is somehow educating these kids now that they all graduate is ludicrous. Anyone who thinks that a humanities degree from UM is going to help these kids get a job when they can't even read and write at a high school level is kidding themselves.

Lance, I could not agree more.

Welcome to the U coach Firsch. Seattle's offense is kicking on all gears. Looks like we can put up points at anytime!!!!!

EPIC FAIL

Posted by: Miami Hurricanes

For the dumb cane fan bragging about the hall of famers you can't count, in now I guess college and the NFL. It's 8. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8...not hard to count retard.

Also Seattle's offense has scored 0 points. Nice OC you got there. Biggest game of his career. O points. Well done..the stadium you play in needs more tarps to cover the empty seats.
But you got coaches that are young and full of energy. You can say the same thing about your cheerleading squad.

Caneboss, It was a good piece, watched it on Thur. night. Shannon, did a good job.

Eudocimus,
I get your point and respect your experience. I was trying to comment on the sports media guy who was talking about a general disrespect for educational achievement in underprivileged neighborhoods, not for athletes.

Don't know what the answer is for athletes who do not have basic academic skills yet are admitted and receive a degree. I suppose it would be reasonable not to admit them. That is an old story, as you know, and one that has been addressed with Prop. 48, etc. For thsat to change, all school would have to adopt the same standard, and the desire to win seems to get in the way.

I particularly respect athletes who earn a degree and are good students. They carry a double burden. On balance, if a kid can receive a college degree, it is better news for all. As was stated during the forum, sports marketing is the new PE major. Agree that this does not make him or her a scholar or a candidate for graduate school.

Maybe academic qualifications should be restored
as a precursor to admission.

Then,we will "exclude" many kids, and many underprivileged kids in particular, from getting a shot. But we are all "excluded" from something or other in life.

Don't know the answer to this one...

(Insert Gator trashing here)

Regarding Seahawks and Coach Fisch, he is not the Offensive Coordinator. He is the QB coach with poor material to work with: Hasselback and Whitehurst. They did put up 41 against the defending champs but, for now, it's DA BEARS.

Caneboss, I watched that show. Totally agree, 3 sides to every story.

Mr. Fisch... you are now on the clock.

Im happy to day for two reason I a bears fan and we won, two now its time for the new OC to come down and earn his pay.

For the dumb cane fan bragging about the hall of famers you can't count, in now I guess college and the NFL. It's 8. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8...not hard to count retard.

Also Seattle's offense has scored 0 points. Nice OC you got there. Biggest game of his career. O points. Well done..the stadium you play in needs more tarps to cover the empty seats.
But you got coaches that are young and full of energy. You can say the same thing about your cheerleading squad.

Posted by: Gin and Juice | January 16, 2011 at 03:01 PM

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Hey stupid! Thanks for making my point regarding the many Canes Hall of Fame players...of course off the top of my head Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Cortez Kennedy, Jeff Feagles and Vince Wilfork will all be first ballot players voted into the NFL Hall of Fame when they are eligible for inclusion. Warren Sapp, Jonathan Vilma, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Leon Searcy, Bryant McKinnie, Jerome Brown, Fred Marion and possibly Jonathan Vilma will also be voted in. Sean Taylor would have been a shoe in. And I guarantee you that UM will get a huge mention from all of those cats, unlike Emmit Smith who was embarrassed to mention he played for the cowardly gators.

The list of Canes that will eventually be voted into the College Football Hall of Fame is staggering...TOO MANY TO COUNT!!!

The Hurricanes hold the record for most players selected in the first round in a single draft, most first-round draft picks in a two-year period, most first-round draft picks in a three-year period, and most first-round picks in a four-year period. For a 14-year period, from 1994 through 2008, Miami had at least one player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Hurricanes also hold a mind bogglingly active streak NFL record of 149 consecutive regular season weeks where a former Miami Hurricane has scored a touchdown in an NFL game; the streak started in Week 15 of the 2002 NFL regular season.

Since 1999, Miami Hurricanes have had 67 players selected, 2nd-most in the nation, behind only Ohio State University (77). In the same time-span, Hurricanes players were picked 33 times in the first-round, the most of any Division I university.

Many sportswriters and college football experts call Miami 'Quarterback U' as a result of the number of high-profile quarterbacks who attended UM, including Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, Vinny Testaverde, Steve Walsh, Craig Erickson, Gino Torretta, and Ken Dorsey.

IT IS LAUGHABLE AND THE HEIGHT OF STUPIDITY WHEN MENTIONING THE COWARDLY FLORIDA GATORS IN THE SAME BREATH AS THE MIAMI HURRICANES JUGGERNAUT--GET A CLUE STUPID!!!

PS: Again stupid, trying to slam our offensive coordinator who took an NFL team who was trash a year ago and lead them into the second round of the NFL playoffs against a team that had them totally outmanned is...well...STUPID

Eudocimus-
That's because it's not a state university. The "U" is a private university.

dbc - I think that you're right that the problem starts at the lower levels of education but it's not that their letter grades aren't respected because of the school they went to, it's that the schools themselves aren't preparing them to do decently on the ACT, which is WAY easier than the SAT to begin with.

Not sure what can be done about preparing kids for college but for the student athletes that do make it I think the answer is two-fold. Number one, these guys have a full time job being athletes during their season, they should not be taking a "full" course load (defined as 4 classes, 12 credits) during the Fall and they should be paid a stipend for playing, just like graduate students are for teaching labs (I got $1,500 a semester for teaching two sections and I know it didn't take as much time as those guys put in).

And secondly they should be given an extra year beyond their athletic eligibility to get their degrees. There's just no way someone can spend enough time studying for real classes and a real degree while also playing a sport and get it done in four years.

If they had an extra year then their academic advisers wouldn't be telling them to get Sociology degrees because they're the easiest. They could actually get a business degree or maybe a biology degree that would give them a chance to get into a post graduate sports medicine program (the "sports medicine" degree is worthless, that'll get you a job taping ankles at a high school for the rest of your life).

Posted by: Miami Hurricanes

Jonathan Vilma, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Leon Searcy, Bryant McKinnie, Jerome Brown, Fred Marion

Not hall of famers.

Sean Taylor is dead so he is not a shoe in

The Hurricanes have eight commitments, one of the lowest totals in the country.

Scout.com currently ranks Miami's class 68th in the nation and considers it the second-worst class in the Atlantic Coast Conference, leading only North Carolina State.

Andre Johnson Will be a HOF so will lewis Reed, possibly edgerrin James, reggie Wayne, Jerome Brown, Cortez Kennedy, Jeff Feagles, Devin Hester, and in the waiting: Greg Olsen, Frank Gore (if he stays healthy).

And there are other whose names escape me.

I can think of one turd player: Emmit smith

Miguel Tejada: Not sure of your point, but recruitment ain't over 'till it's over on 2/2. As the U has only 16 new recruits (I think!) allowed because of the roster size going into next season, it won't be ranked as high as it has been in recent years. But, that doesn't mean it won't be a productive, useful, value-added class.

Eudocimus,
Good ideas. One wonders what it will take for innovation to occur for the athlete-student. As far as the lower grades, too many kids aren't getting what they need in school or at home, often at very early periods in their lives.
There ARE some amazing kids that are athletes and good students, and it would be good to innovate on behalf of all of the kids who may not be so fortunate. Why not a stipend and extra time to graduate?

As a PS, isn't Sports Medicine a Physical Therapy type major? I think it is Sports Marketing that is the "softer" major of the day.

for a high profile football program who has been under the microscope regarding its search and selection of its coaches plus the lack of apparent indepth approach of searching for additions that would be a positive especially in the recruiting game and to have an OC who has never even met the HC seems even more out of character than one could imagine. This does not present itself as something a recruit who is undecided or one is trying to change to your school that would be a positive. It appears that enthusiam has out weighed pragmatism.


Jonathan Vilma, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Leon Searcy, Bryant McKinnie, Jerome Brown, Fred Marion

Not hall of famers.

Sean Taylor is dead so he is not a shoe in

Posted by: Gin and Juice | January 16, 2011 at 07:52 PM

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Yo dummy! You need to lay off the gin and eat more fish as you give a whole new meaning to dumb. If you could read I typed..."Sean Taylor WOULD HAVE BEEN A SHOO IN." Would have been being the key words...stupid!

Here again I made it clear that...Jonathan Vilma, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Leon Searcy, Bryant McKinnie, Jerome Brown, Fred Marion...WILL BE ELECTED TO THE HALL OF FAME "WHEN ELIGIBILE".

The differnce between UM's football history and that of the cowardly gators would be like trying to draw comparisons to Ali and Pee-Wee Herman. In my above post I listed only SOME of the Canes umatched winning history over the last 30 years.

The Canes have owned college football and the NFL for many years. The gators have owned a couple of recruiting classes laden with felons with so-called 5 star ratings that posted a 7 and 5 record last year playing a junior high school flag team schedule that only had 4, that's right, only 4 away games...how very brave of your ilk!!!!

To the Gator idiot saying Fisch is bad hire because he has no playing experience: yo your own gators just hired an OC that matches that criteria. Charlie Weiss has no playing experience. And just to give you more evidence of your foot in mouth disease, Mike Leach is also a coach with no playing experience. And a third (pretty sure on this one but not 100%) Josh McDaniels as well.

Not sure about McDaniels. but you are right about the others. McDaniels went to John Carroll University in Cleveland, as did Don Shula and LB London Fletcher. Small school football, but not sure if Josh played. Anybody know?

I am surprised that Golden would hire someone for such an important position without laying the eyeballs on him. The Coach says that he has only spoken with Golden over the phone. Talking about a "blind hire". The last person that I gave a chance to be with me based upon an over the phone chat turned out to be a little too big for my taste:) Then the Seahawks offense was very inconsistent this year. But, I am willing to give his a chance.

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