Arizona hires Patriots QB coach, ex-college coordinator Jedd Fisch, per reports
Arizona has hired New England Patriots assistant Jedd Fisch as its head coach, according to multiple reports.
ESPN first reported the news.
Fisch, who spent the 2020 NFL season as the Patriots quarterbacks coach, will be a first-time head coach with the Wildcats. He has 14 years of experience as an NFL assistant. Before joining the Patriots this year, he spent two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and was Jim Harbaugh’s passing game coordinator and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach at Michigan in 2015-16. For the 2017 season, Fisch was the offensive coordinator for UCLA and took over as interim head coach when Jim Mora was fired with two games remaining.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, left, stands beside quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch. (Photo: Charles Krupa, AP)
Fisch broke into coaching as a graduate assistant under Steve Spurrier at Florida, his alma mater, in 1999. The 44-year-old made the jump to the pros in 2002, working his way up to be the Denver Broncos receivers coach in 2008. He returned to college as the Minnesota offensive coordinator for 2009, and then became the Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach in 2010. Fisch spent the next four years as an offensive coordinator, two years at Miami (Florida) and two with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
He will take over a program that went 9-20 over the last three seasons under Kevin Sumlin, who was fired on Dec. 13, a day after rival Arizona State blew out the Wildcats 70-7 for their 12th consecutive loss.
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