Jedd Fisch: Are the Minnesota Gophers Fighting To Keep Him?

Jesse L. MedfordContributor IJanuary 16, 2010

DENVER - 2008:  Jedd Fisch of the Denver Broncos poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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Rumors have been rampant that Jedd Fisch is going back to the NFL. First it was to Chicago to work with Jay Cutler again. Then it was to the Redskins, to reunite with Mike Shanahan. But over the last couple days, Seattle has been talking like it is a done deal, to become the Seahawks quarterbacks coach. This would have Fisch working under his friend Jeremy Bates, the new Seahawks offensive coordinator.

Fisch has been the offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Golden Gophers for one year. He was signed to a two year contract prior to the 2009 season. Minnesota loaded the second year of the contract, to try to ensure they would have an offensive coordinator under Tim Brewster for more than one year.

The Gophers went 6-7, after losing in the Insight Bowl to Iowa State. The offense was one of the worst in college football. They accomplished nothing after star receiver Eric Decker's college career ended with an injury. Fisch's system was criticized as being too difficult for college kids to pick up.

You would think losing Fisch wouldn't be too much of a big deal. But after three years and three different offensive coordinators, the Gopher's seniors on the offense deserve to have some continuity for once in their college careers. Especially Second Team All-Big Ten quarterback Adam Weber, who is fighting to keep his starting job over MarQueis Gray.

I have to believe that the reason they keep saying in Seattle that Fisch is expected to become quarterbacks coach of the Seahawks, and not saying that he has become the coach, is because the Gophers are fighting to keep him.

Don't you think that maybe along with contract extension talks with Brewster, Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi is also trying to extend Fisch? After all, highly regarded NFL coaches keep talking about what a genius Fisch is.

Fisch is already projected to get $450,000 this next season, if he stays with the Gophers. Why would he want to go back to being a position coach in the NFL? It would be a great career move to extend at Minnesota, and show that he can improve a terrible NCAA offense. And then maybe a more high profile job under the ol' Shanahan coaching tree, will open up in the NFL in the future.

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