This article from 2011 is probably a very good insight into what Harbaugh will do to make things simpler and get better performance out of our QB's. Definitely worth a read.
- A head coach with the 5th best winning percentage EVER in the NFL. Oh yeah, after inheriting a moribund team in SF. And also, he's a former NFL quarterback with a knack for coaching the position.
- Two position coaches who were coordinators at the NFL level.
- One of the (if not THE) best young DC in the NCAA. Also the recruiter of the year a few years ago.
- One of the greatest Michigan players of all-time as a running backs coach. Who also happened to have marinated in the NFL for a year prior to his hire.
- An OC who spent time in the NFL and developed big, tough, bruising offensive lines.
-S&C coach with NFL experience on the resume.
- A special teams coach(!!!) that not only has had continued success, but also wrote the book on academics for athletes. Like, really wrote the book.
- A DB coach who has both played and coached at the NFL level.
It also looks like we are returning our two best recruiters under Hoke. Am I spinning this? Maybe a bit. But damn. Read that list again. That's just ridiculous. And no, there is no new info here - just a concise reason for us to get our jazz hands warmed up on a Friday. Sorry I'm not sorry.
Sam Webb alluded to Marcus Ray becoming a DB Analyst for the 2015 football team. This was the first time I've heard Marcus's name mentioned for a coaching position. Does anyone know where these rumors are coming from? What is the difference between a coach and a coaching analyst?
Happy Friday to you all. It is a cold and blustery one up north with all the schools closed. It's also a big NFL playoff weekend and monday you've got that little game between Oregon and ohio. Pickin' and grinnin' this week has all the home teams favored and the line looks like this:
New England 7 Baltimore
Seattle 11 Carolina
Green Bay 6 Dallas
Denver 7 Indianapolis
of course the college Nat'l Championship is'
Oregon 6 ohio
Pick them with the points meaning it's not just who would win, but will they win/lose by as much as the point spread. Be safe, be warm, have a great weekend.
Disclosure - I didn't know a thing about Jedd Fisch until the past 48 hrs. While a NFL fan it is either NFC teams or good AFC ones, of which JAX is not in either category. So all this is just from internet sleuthing.
Quick thoughts on the "angst" around Fisch in some comments
- Drevno is a great OL coach. He has zero OC experience at FBS (as noted in comments he coached it in FCS before Harbaugh gave the reigns to Shaw instead of Drevno once they got to Stanford). People welcome him with open arms as an OC. But raise questions about a NFL OC coming here to be a "passing coordinator/WR coach". It is sort of funny when you think about it.
- Uou now have effectively 3 OCs in the room, 2 with actual experience doing it at very high levels - Fisch/Harbaugh. More experienced minds the better.
- He is not coming here to run the offense which is a higher profile risk/reward.
- If I showed you Tom Herman's past history before he got to Urban you'd say WTF on the hire 10x as much as anyone can say anything about Fisch. And Herman was the OC hire - a more prominent position. He had 3 poor season as ISU's OC and 1 great season at Rice and 1 bad one. So in 5 years he had 4 mediocre seasons - you see how that turned out.
- Fisch never stays anywhere for more than a yearr or two - based on his age and career job hopping this is a resting stop for a year or two and then he gone. So even if you hate the hire, don't worry - he gone soon enough.
Now a deeper dive into his background. Dude is only 38. I don't care what you think about him, getting an NFL OC position at age 36 has to mean he did something right.
He started as a grad assistant at Florida during the Spurrier years. So just being around that DNA that early in your career is a positive. He then became an assistant QB/WR type coach early on at NFL franchises Texans and Ravens - the Texans job was in his late 20s.
His "non assistant" positions have been as follows:
- 2008: NFL Broncos WR
- 2009: NCAA Gophers OC/QB
- 2010: NFL Seahawks QB
- 2011-2012: NCAA Hurricanes OC/QB
- 2013-2014: NFL Jaguars OC
I'm going to skip the Jaguars experience because with all due respect to our ex QB, he was stuck with a low level NFL QB last year and a rookie in 2014.
Looking at his QB development he has a mixed bag. Dude was 33 years old and in his first solo job running Minnesota's offense in 2009. Someone wrote on another thread "Fisch tore up Adam Weber's throwing motion and messed him up." Looking at the stats that seems relatively fair from afar. 2009 Weber regressed from 2008 Weber.
But if anyone is going to be messing with QB mechanics it's going to be one Jim Harbaugh. That's his thing. Fisch will be another set of eyes for the QB, the WR coach and another experienced guy to game plan to help Drevno/Harbaugh. And guys that age improve over time - I am sure Drevno is better today than in 2009 as is Durkin or whomever.
In 2010 he went to Seattle to coach for Carroll. Small world. Hasselbeck was in his last year at Seattle so I am not going to give Fisch any penalty or bonus for coaching a 35 year old veteran.
His experience at Miami was pretty solid.
He first took Jacory Harris and improved him...
then did a solid job with Stephen Morris...
|2011 Morris||Barely played|
Are these Heisman QB stats? No. But if UM 2014 had this sort of QB play out of Coach Nuss we'd have 3 more wins and still have Hoke.
He also has experience coaching QBs named Morris. That's important.
Guy is a competent coach who at a young age has been in both the NFL and NCAA. Important position in his 30s. With ties to Florida now with the 2 years in Miami. And not unfamiliar with the Big 10 with Minnesota. He is another brain for Drevno to bounce ideas off; a guy who has done Drevno's job. (assuming Drevno is the "OC") Probably here 2 years max (either by his choice or if he doesn't work out, Harbaugh's choice) as he appears extremely career ladder oriented and this is a nice resting spot that helps both parties for the next 12-24 months. If you compare his resume for a "WR coach/passing coordinator" to what Herman had walking into OSU as sole OC - it's far more extensive at a similar age. And this is Harbaugh's offense in the end. With Harbaugh's QBs.
In Harbaugh you should trust.