“I am very pleased to announce the hiring of Jedd Fisch as the new offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota,” Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster said. “Jedd possesses a vast understanding of offensive football and has worked alongside three outstanding football coaches in the National Football League, as well as working with Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida. In addition to his background, Jedd has tremendous people skills and will be an excellent recruiter. He is a young, rising star in the profession who is committed to helping us build a winner here at Minnesota. I could not be more excited that he has agreed to join our staff.”
“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to be a part of the University of Minnesota football program,” Fisch said. “I’ve known Coach Brewster for seven years and I know together, we’re going to win a Big Ten Championship. We’ll bring a fun, exciting, high-powered offense to the Big Ten. I’m really looking forward to working with the student-athletes both on and off the field.”
Fisch takes over for Mike Dunbar, who stepped down from his duties as the Gophers’ offensive coordinator on Jan. 6. Since then, Brewster said he has taken a very meticulous approach to finding the right replacement.
“We worked the process hard and exercised a good amount of due diligence,” Brewster said. “We talked to a number of quality coaches from across the country and sought a lot of input until we were able to narrow our focus to one man and I’m thrilled that we got him.”
Fisch recently interviewed for the offensive coordinator position with the Detroit Lions and passed up chances to interview with numerous other NFL teams to take the position with Minnesota.
Last season, Fisch was the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos, who finished the regular season with the No. 2-ranked offense in the NFL. The Broncos were the third-ranked passing team in the league last season.
Fisch tutored two Denver wide receivers who finished in the top seven in the NFL in receiving yards during the 2008 season. Brandon Marshall pulled in 104 receptions for 1,265 yards and six touchdowns last season. He was also named to the Pro Bowl. Eddie Royal tallied 91 receptions for 980 yards and five scores.
Fisch worked for the Baltimore Ravens (2004-07) and Houston Texans (2001-03) before joining the Broncos. He was on the Ravens’ coaching staff for four seasons, including the 2006 campaign in which Baltimore posted a 13-3 record and won the AFC North. He was Baltimore’s assistant quarterbacks coach in 2007 after serving as its assistant quarterbacks/wide receivers coach from 2005-06 and working as an offensive assistant in 2004.
As assistant quarterbacks/wide receivers coach with the Ravens in 2006, Fisch worked with a team that posted the best regular-season record in club history, while earning its first-ever playoff bye. Quarterback Steve McNair received Pro Bowl honors during his first season in Baltimore, after setting a franchise record for completion percentage (.630 /295-of-468). Fisch also helped wide receivers Derrick Mason (68 rec.) and Mark Clayton (67 rec.) form one of just four tandems in the AFC that featured two players with 65 receptions or more.
Fisch also contributed to a Ravens offense in 2006 that ranked No. 1 in the NFL in time of possession (32:49), No. 2 in sacks allowed (17) and No. 9 in pass completions (328).
In 2005, Fisch was in his first year as Baltimore’s assistant quarterbacks/wide receivers coach and was involved in the development of Clayton, who set franchise rookie records for both receptions (44) and receiving yards (471) that year. Mason also recorded the first 1,000-yard receiving season (1,073) by a Raven in four years. Baltimore tied for No. 3 in the NFL in fewest dropped passes (19) as well.
Fisch spent his first three seasons in the NFL with the Houston Texans. He worked on both sides of the ball that year, handling administrative duties to help the Texans prepare for their inaugural season.
During the Texans’ opening season in 2002, Fisch was a defensive quality control coach and assisted with the instruction of the club’s linebackers. Jay Foreman and Jamie Sharper excelled at the position with both players registering 137 tackles to tie for sixth in the NFL.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Fisch worked with the Gator football program for two seasons as a graduate assistant in 1999 and 2000, while obtaining a master’s degree in sports management. He helped the team advance to the Citrus (1999) and Sugar Bowls (2000) in addition to winning the Southeastern Conference championship in 2000.
Fisch served as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at P.K. Yonge High School in Gainesville, Fla. from 1997-98 as an undergraduate. He began his professional coaching career in 1998 with the Arena Football League’s New Jersey Red Dogs, coaching the wide receivers and handling quality control duties for both offense and defense.
What They’re Saying About Jedd Fisch
Former Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan
“Jedd will do a great job at Minnesota. He’s one of the top coaches I’ve been around. He’s one of the first guys I would hire. He did a great job for me last year. He relates very well to players and he really knows both the running and passing games.”
“Jedd has an unbelievable personality. He’s a guy who will do a great job recruiting. He has great people skills, he’s very charismatic and very smart. He’ll be a head coach some day, on either the collegiate or professional level. That’s how highly I think of him.”
Former Baltimore Ravens Head Coach Brian Billick
“Minnesota is getting a great one. Jedd is one of the brightest coaches I’ve ever been around. He will bring great energy and experience to the program at Minnesota. The kids there will love having him as a coach.
“All the unique and different programs, players and coaches he has been around have given him the experience to prepare him for this job. He has had the wherewithal to take a little bit from each of them and develop his philosophy. Jedd will do what needs to be done to win. He has a broad base of experience and I’m sure he’ll do a great job at Minnesota.”
Former Houston Texans Head Coach, Current Green Bay Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers
“Minnesota has a very bright, innovative young coach. Jedd is very professional and is a very good communicator. He is one of the brightest young guys I’ve ever been around in the profession.”
“I know he was very involved in with the offense at Baltimore. I am sure he benefitted greatly from a year with Mike Shanahan. The Broncos had the No. 2 offense in the NFL last year and he personally coached two of the better young wide receivers in the game last season (Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal). From playing against them, I know they were very difficult to defend.”
“Anybody who meets Jedd will enjoy him. He’s got a very engaging personality and that’s one of his strengths. He will do a great job selling the University of Minnesota. He’s a pleasure to be around. He’s a hard worker. He’s very loyal and he’s an excellent teacher.”
Denver Broncos Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall
“He is a great coach. If it wasn’t for Coach Fisch, I wouldn’t be in the Pro Bowl right now. He did a great job getting us through the stress and the ups and downs of the season.”
“He had us prepared week in and week out. He’s a guy who got the best out of me, no matter what. He really pushed me. Coach Fisch was a big part of the success our offense had last year. He was very involved with the game plan each week, along with Coach Shanahan and Coach Bates.”
“All the Minnesota fans and players are in for a real treat. He is going to make the offense there that much more explosive. He knows how to coach. He relates very well to players, and people in general.”
Denver Broncos Quarterback Jay Cutler
“Jedd is going to do a great job at the University of Minnesota and will take that offense where it wants to go. He is extremely detail oriented and helped us put together a game plan each week to put our receivers in a position to make plays. It made my job a lot easier as a quarterback, because he always had his guys well-prepared on game day and they fed off his enthusiasm.”
“It’s going to be exciting to watch what he does at Minnesota and I know he will have a lot of success working with that program.”
Denver Broncos Wide Receiver Eddie Royal
“Jedd is a great coach. He’s a very hard worker. That’s what all of us really liked and appreciated. He had us very prepared for every game. He really put in the work, so that we knew what we needed to know about the other team every week.”
“He’ll really get along with everybody great up there. He’s easy-going and he has a good sense of humor. He makes the game fun. But he also knows how to get the best out of you. He did that with us. He did a great job helping us get better in each phase of our game.”
Denver Broncos Wide Receiver Brandon Stokley
“Jedd is a great guy. He was always very prepared for every situation and he had us prepared, as well. He’s a great mind. He knows the game inside and out. Jedd is a great coach and we had a lot of fun with him last year.”
“I think he’ll do a great job in recruiting, without a doubt. He’s young and energetic. Kids will really like him and like playing for him.”
“His attention to detail and technique work really helped me improve and get better as a receiver through the year. I think he’ll be a great asset for the University of Minnesota.”