Two weeks and a day after Mike Dunbar resigned his post as offensive coordinator, head coach Tim Brewster has replaced him with Jedd Fisch, former wide receivers coach with the Denver Broncos. Full release from Minnesota athletic communications follows:
Brewster Names Former NFL Assistant Fisch Offensive Coordinator
University of Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster has announced the hiring of Jedd Fisch to the post of offensive coordinator. Fisch has coached in the National Football League for the past eight seasons.
“I am very pleased to announce the hiring of Jedd Fisch as the new offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota,” 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