Jedd Fisch worked eight seasons in the NFL and was the Denver Broncos' wide receivers coach prior to joining the Minnesota coaching staff last January.
"Great people are always going to be in demand," Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster said. "It's part of the profession in which we work. This is a great opportunity for Jedd and I want to thank him for all of his efforts on behalf of our program. I wish him the best."
Brewster said he is already in the process of conducting a nationwide search and indicated that he will move quickly to fill the Gophers' offensive coordinator position.
Fisch took 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.
Fisch had 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.
In 2008, 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 that 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.
Coordinator Jedd Fisch Returns to NFL
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