|Is Blaine Gabbert the right quarterback for offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch's system? (US Presswire)|
The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former University of Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch for the same position, ESPN reported on Saturday.
The move comes two days after former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was named the fourth coach in franchise history. Fisch coached with Bradley while serving as the Seahawks' quarterbacks coach in 2010.
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When Fisch left Seattle for Miami in January of 2011, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll applauded the move, calling the assistant a “rising star in the coaching world.” While running a pro-style offense at Miami, the Hurricanes looked explosive. In a 44-37 win over NC State in September, Miami had 271 passing yards at the end of the first quarter. Hurricanes QB Stephen Morris finished with an ACC-record 566 yards. Miami scored at least 38 points seven times in 2012.
Fisch will inherit a quarterback controversy with the Jaguars deciding between Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne to lead the offense. Gabbert had nine TDs and six INTs when he was placed on IR on Nov. 21 with a right forearm injury. Henne looked impressive in a 43-37 overtime loss to the Texans on Nov. 18 but ended the season with a 53.9 completion percentage. Neither player had a QB rating higher than 78.0 or a completion percentage above 60 for 2012.
Shortly after Jaguars general manager David Caldwell was hired on Jan. 8, he provided Gabbert with a vote of confidence. Caldwell declared an open competition at quarterback while virtually squashing any speculation that the team would look to acquire Jets QB Tim Tebow.
“[Gabbert] has had two different offensive coordinators in his first two years,” Caldwell told the Florida Times-Union. “Look at some quarterbacks, it takes maybe more than two years. I always thought Blaine was going to be a long-term project.”
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