The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers announced offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch is leaving the Gophers after one season with the program Wednesday.
He will join Pete Carroll’s staff with the Seattle Seahawks as its quarterbacks coach.
The Gophers offense struggled for most of the season under Fisch’s complex offense.
As Minneapolis Star Tribune beat writer Kent Youngblood pointed out, Fisch is an NFL guy and probably over complicated the offense for a bunch of 18 to 23-year-old student-athletes.
The Star Tribune also has a list of rumored potential coordinators. The list includes current Gophers offensive line and running game coordinator Tim Davis. He was rumored to be have been contacted by the USC Trojans about becoming its offensive line coach. He will remain with the Gophers after the Trojans hired former Tennessee offensive line coach James Cregg. He would provide the most continuity, but has no play calling or coordinator experience.
The rest of the list includes Gregg Brandon (former Bowling Green head coach and offensive coordinator at Virginia last season), J.D. Brookhart (recently fired Akron head coach), Gunter Brewer (current Oklahoma State Cowboys assistant coach), Mike Canales (former South Florida’s offensive coordinator), Brent Pease (current assistant coach and receivers coach at Boise State) and Matt Rhule (current Temple offensive coordinator).
Brandon, Brewer, Brookhart and Canales worked with spread offenses last season while Pease worked with a varying offense style and Rhule worked with a balanced offensive system.
For continuity’s sake, Davis and Rhule make the most sense with the offenses they were a part of last season.
Brewer is an intriguing candidate because he was on Brewster’s short list of candidates a year ago when Mike Dunbar was relieved of his duties with the Gophers.
My favorite from the list is Pease. The Broncos offenses have dominated the Western Athletic Conference and won two BCS bowls. He spent five seasons as an offensive coordinator for his alma mater Montana and Northern Arizona – two Division I Football Championsip Subdivision (FCS) programs. He then moved on to become the offensive coordinator at Kentucky from 2001-2002, where the Wildcats ranked 23rd nationally in scoring offense in 2002. Then from 2003-2005, he was the offensive coordinator at Baylor. Finally, he spent the last four seasons as the Broncos receivers coach. In total he has 10 years of offensive coordinator experience and 19 seasons as an offensive assistant coach. The Broncos offense uses every offensive formation from three tight ends to an empty backfield, that includes unconventional formations, personnel specialization (the Bronco offenses can run 35-45 personel groupings and can use eight different receivers and five different running backs each game) and trick plays.
Pease interviewed for the Arizona State Sun Devils offensive coordinator position, but did not get the job when Sun Devils coach Dennis Erickson went with New York Jets assistant coach Noel Mazzone. Erickson and Mazzone worked together when Erickson was the head coach at Oregon State in 2002.