Thirty of the NFL's 32 teams were onhand Thursday when Miami held its annual Pro Timing Day. Among the NFL personnel in attendance was Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who used to hold the same position with the Hurricanes.
After Thursday's workout, he spoke with reporters, including the Sentinel's Dieter Kurtenbach. Here are some of the highlights from Fisch's chat, including his thoughts on what scouts are looking at when they evaluate a prospect like former Miami quarterback Stephen Morris.
On returning to Miami as an NFL coach:
"It was great. it was a blast to be able to see so many players. To watch Stephen perform was great, and to visit with the coaching staff — Al — that was great. I haven’t seen them very often."
On being involved with Pro Day as a Miami coach vs. an NFL coach:
"The biggest difference is when you’re a coordinator here, an it’s pro day, what you’re trying to do is give information that will help. When you come in here, in our capacity, now you’re trying to get information. Now I know most of these guys, but it’s still interesting… It’s a lot less stressful coming out here today."
On former Miami quarterback Stephen Morris and whether his ankle injury will impact his draft position:
"I’ve always had a great relationship with Stephen. For the two years I had to coach him and this year. We spoke a lot though out the season. I saw him again at the combine and I spoke to him a bunch, leading up today. It’s always great to see him again.
Injuries are part of the game. It’s always hard when you’re trying to throw, and the balance, which is one of the most important things for a quarterback, obviously that goes off a little bit when when you have an injury."
On what NFL scouts look for in a quarterback during the draft evaluation process:
"I think you look No.1, can they complete passes on air. That’s always a start. Can they throw on time? Can they throw with rhythm and do you like the way they throw? What I think these kind of days allow you to do is get up close and personal. Obviously it’s different here, but all the other places, you want to get up close and personal. See their rhythm, see their fundamentals and see what you would have to tweak and now tweak.
Minimal (gut feeling.) You want to do your due diligence. Coach [Al] Golden always said 'information is the reduction of uncertainty’. This is just another way to get more information. This just a step in the process. You have your film and you have your game tape and your experiences being on the practice field with them and then obviously coming out here."
On refining a quarterbacks’ mechanics and throwing motion:
"I don’t think you mess too much with their throwing motion. I think you can work on their lower body. That’s one of the things that we’ll spend almost he entire offseason talking to players, working on their feet, working on their legs, working on their lower body, working on their hips. Spending our time there instead of working on their throwing motion. "