The Man to Save Blaine Gabbert
GREG BEDARD: Don’t take offense to this, but who is the heck is Jedd Fisch?
JEDD FISCH: This is my 10th year in the NFL, been a coordinator in college for three years, one in the Big 10 (Minnesota), two in the ACC (Miami), and had the opportunity to work for Super Bowl-winning head coaches, both Mike Shanahan and Brian Billick, and obviously worked my way up the tree. I think I’ve had a great opportunity around a lot great players, a lot of great coaches, and I’ve been hopefully smart enough to learn from them.
BEDARD: Why are you the guy to get quarterback Blaine Gabbert on track?
JEDD FISCH: I think one of the main reasons is my experience in coaching college football, and the commitment you have to make to a young quarterback. Blaine is the same age as the last two college quarterbacks I had (Adam Weber, Stephen Morris). Blaine is 23 and has two years of NFL experience already. You learn how to build relationships with players. My relationship with Matt (Hasselbeck in Seattle) was extremely strong also because he trusted that anything I asked him to do was what I thought would be in his best interest to get better. I think the No. 1 thing Blaine needed was trust, that people believed in him and that he believed in the people that were coaching him. We’re building that. And I love his physical tools.
BEDARD: Give me one thing people don’t know about Jaguars coach Gus Bradley.
JEDD FISCH: That he is the most genuine person I’ve ever met. Not sure if they know that or not. My family moved in on a Friday night and that night I got a text from him asking if everyone got in safe, and if we needed anything. That’s a head coach in the NFL two days before minicamp.