The Los Angeles Rams’ coaching staff has made quite a bit of news this month in the aftermath of a successful 2017 season.
QB Coach Greg Olson left to become the Oakland Raiders’ offensive coordinator. To fill that role, the Rams promoted Assistant WR Coach Zac Taylor. While that at least made sure the job responsibilities at the quarterbacks coach position would be staffed (though perhaps leaves the assistant WR coach position open), it didn’t exactly fill the void of the experience that Olson provided. Olson had been around the NFL for 17 years while Taylor’s coaching career started in earnest in 2013. Not exactly a like-for-like addition.
So perhaps that dearth of experience led the Rams to the hire they’ve announced today bringing on Jedd Fisch as senior offensive assistant.
Fisch spent seven years across the NFL at the lower ranks before landing his first big job as the Denver Broncos’ WR coach in 2008. He spent a year with the Minnesota Golden Gophers and one with the Seattle Seahawks before taking a step up as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the Miami Hurricanes. A two-year OC stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars preceded a two-year run with Jim Harbaugh at Michigan as quarterbacks coach, wide receivers coach, and passing game coordinator. He spent last year working with QB Josh Rosen at UCLA as offensive coordinator and QB coach while serving as interim head coach following the firing of Jim Mora.
Suffice to say, he’s been around.
It’s obviously a hire that’s easy to like given his experience and the generic nature of his role as “senior offensive assistant.” I do wonder, given that Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur recently interviewed with the Tennessee Titans for their head coaching vacancy, if Fisch might be either being groomed to replace LaFleur. Of course, that’s an issue beyond 2018.
For today, the Rams have added a coach with a strong resume to the fold as they gear up to build on the successes of this past year.
Welcome to the team, Coach Fisch!
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Some clarity on roles from ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez:
Jedd Fisch will play a major role in the Rams' gameday management, oversee a lot of their situational work and also help out a bit on offense. Sean McVay has known him a while. OC Matt LaFleur and new QB coach Zac Taylor will be the main voices for Jared Goff.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) January 24, 2018