Michigan passing game coordinator, quarterbacks coach and wide receivers coach Jedd Fisch has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Wolverines, according to a source.
The deal locks up Fisch, one of college football’s top offensive minds, before the heat of the NFL’s assistant hiring cycle. Fisch has 11 years of coaching experience in the NFL and was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator from 2013–14. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh discussed plans for extending Fisch's contract before the Wolverines' 41–7 win over Florida in the Citrus Bowl.
Fisch’s extension will pay him an average of between $650,000 and $750,000 annually, plus incentives, per the source. Details of the extension have not yet been released.
This past season was Fisch’s first at Michigan, where he helped the Wolverines make a stunning rise to a 10–3 season, a five-win improvement over their 2014 campaign. Under Fisch’s tutelage, quarterback Jake Rudock completed 64% of his passes for 3,107 yards with 20 touchdowns, all career-highs for Rudock.
Three Michigan receivers (Jehu Chesson, Amara Darboh and Jake Butt) caught over 50 passes with more than 600 receiving yards. Chesson earned a first-team All-Big Ten selection from the conference’s coaches.
Fisch is also one of the nation’s top 2016 recruiters. He was a key in landing Avon, Ind. quarterback Brandon Peters, one of the nation’s top high school pro-style prospects, who enrolled in Ann Arbor earlier this month.
Prior to Michigan, Fisch was offensive coordinator for the Jaguars for two seasons and the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Miami from 2011–12. Prior to that, he spent one season coaching quarterbacks for the Seattle Seahawks. Fisch was Minnesota’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2009 and coached wide receivers with the Denver Broncos in 2008. He was an offensive assistant coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 2004–07 after three seasons as an assistant to the head coach for the Houston Texans.
While still in college at Florida, Fisch got his start in coaching as a defensive coordinator at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, Fla., in 1997. He then spent a year as the wide receivers coach and quality control coach for the New Jersey Red Dogs of the Arena Football League before returning to his alma mater as a graduate assistant with the Gators in ’99.
Fisch will oversee a Michigan offense expected to help the Wolverines contend for a Big Ten title in 2016. He is likely to be in the mix for FBS head coaching jobs after next season.