MIAMI (AP) — Jedd Fisch is trying to temper his excitement about becoming the Miami Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
“I can’t wait to be down there,” Fisch said in a conference call Friday. “But hopefully it won’t come for a few more weeks.”
First there’s the small matter of helping the Seattle Seahawks with their playoff run. Fisch is the Seahawks’ quarterbacks coach, and they play the Chicago Bears in a divisional game Sunday.
Fisch will remain an NFL assistant until Seattle’s season ends, then join the staff of new Miami coach Al Golden.
“Coach Golden said to me, ‘You take care of your business and winning this week,'” Fisch said.
Fisch worked under Steve Spurrier as a graduate assistant with the Florida Gators. He also has worked for such NFL coaches as Mike Shanahan, Brian Billick and Seattle first-year coach Pete Carroll, but until Sunday he had never spoken with Golden.
They visited by phone several times before Fisch’s hiring was announced Thursday.
“Every time we talked has been a great conversation,” Fisch said. “We both bring a similar passion and energy to coaching, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work for him. …
“Obviously it’s not an easy decision to make, when you’re in the middle of a playoff run, coaching a very young team with a first-year head coach, to leave. The reasons I left were twofold — one, Al Golden, and two, the traditions at the U.”
Fisch said he followed the Hurricanes growing up in New Jersey, and his brother attended the university’s law school. He’ll replace Mark Whipple, who spent two seasons with the Hurricanes and wasn’t retained.
Golden wanted an offensive coordinator with NFL ties, and Fisch will bring with him a pro-style playbook.
“We’re going to be multiple and balanced,” he said. “We’re going to attack. I really believe in taking advantage of the defense and making explosive plays when the opportunity presents itself. With that, you’ve got to take care of the football. If you do that, you’re going to win a lot of games.”
The school announced that former Hurricanes Glenn Cook and Benny Fernandez have joined Golden’s coaching staff as graduate assistant coaches. Cook will work with the defense and Fernandez will assist on the offense.