Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fisch Gone: what does it mean?

By now you've heard that Jedd Fisch is gone.    As they say, Jedd, on your way out, don't let the door hit'cha where the good Lord split'cha.

I'm not going to go back over how inept Fisch's offense was, how poorly they ranked in every offensive statistical category, how schizophrenic the play calling was, or how it never appeared that there was any kind of offensive game plan or adjustments.  Really, I'm not going to go back over those things. 

When it comes to Fisch leaving, in the words of Ron Burgundy, "I'm not even mad."

But there's a bigger issue here, and it's not exactly the elephant in the room.  Pre-dating even Tim Brewster, this football program has had a revolving door of coordinators for a decade now.  The question is, does this have more to do with the head coaches, or the program in general. 

Look, Tim Brewster is right, this is a business, and everybody wants to be a head coach, so they are going to take the job that is going to be the best means to that end.  But I have a hard time believing that if Jedd Fisch thought he had the opportunity to be a successful offensive coordinator at Minnesota that he would have left to be a QB coach in the NFL. 

Now, maybe we don't think Fisch's opinion of the Minnesota program (which clearly can't be too high) matters much here.  And maybe Fisch just wanted to be in the NFL all along and taking the Minnesota job was a hiatus for him.  And maybe getting the opportunity to work with someone like Pete Carroll was just too tempting to Fisch.  I don't know.  But I still have to believe that if Fisch saw the offense turning around next year he would have been on the sideline at The Bank this year. 

Which is why I think this has more to do with Minnesota as a program, or maybe more accurately, the perception of Minnesota as a program.  You see, while Tim Brewster is trying to change the culture here at Minnesota, and in a lot of ways he is doing the right things toward that end, the true litmus test is on the field, and the results on the field still feel an awful lot like they did in the Mason years.  This is why, when it comes to coordinators, he can't get past the national perception that a program like Minnesota cannot be successful in the long term.

So how is Tim Brewster going to get past this perception and keep some coordinators around for more than 2 years?  You guessed it.  Win, and win now. 

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