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  • Writer's pictureTravis Tyler

Arizona hires Patriots' assistant as new head coach

Arizona has reportedly hired Patriots' quarterback coach Jedd Fisch as its next head football coach, replacing Kevin Sumlin after four seasons.

Fisch has held several different positions in football since 1997, mostly in offensive roles with experience in college and the NFL. His only previous head coaching experience was as interim coach at UCLA in 2017.

Fisch's first major coaching job was with the Houston Texans as a defensive quality control coach during the franchise's first two seasons. He then served for three years as an offensive assistant for the Baltimore Ravens and spent a year coaching receivers for the Broncos.

He breifly joined the college ranks for a season as Minnesota's offensive coordinator in 2009 before jumping back to the NFL with the Seahawks in 2010. Fisch left the Seahawks the following season to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Miami (FL), where he spent two seasons before taking the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has also served as OC and QB coach at Michigan and UCLA.

Fisch has been in the NFL coaching ranks since 2018. He was an offensive assistant with the Rams and was promoted to assistant OC in 2019.

The 2020 season was his first in New England.

His range of experience makes him sound like a good coaching candidate, although he did not stay anywhere very long. I'd be wary of this hire and expect Fisch to go somewhere else rather quickly if he has success in Tucson.

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