UM uses team approach to calling offensive plays

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Michigan’s offensive play-calling is a group effort.

Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, pass-game coordinator/quarterbacks/receivers coach Jedd Fisch and head coach Jim Harbaugh work closely each game to call the plays.

“We all work together, and it’s been an awesome deal in terms of Coach Harbaugh and Coach Drevno and myself and our whole offensive staff,” Fisch said Wednesday before practice. “It’s a situation we get to give great input regarding our areas as well as the course of the game. It’s a great dynamic in that regard.”

Harbaugh has taken that approach at every coaching stop, Fisch said, and said it has worked well so far at Michigan through two games. Harbaugh, however, has final say.

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Fisch has an extensive coaching resume in the NFL and college football and said he has not been part of a play-calling-by-committee situation.

“It’s unique in what I’ve done before, but it’s something I would always do from now on,” Fisch said. “You have an opportunity to play into everybody’s strengths and you have a great opportunity for everybody to work together, and not put any one thing on anyone particular’s shoulders. Really use all of our coaches all the time.”

He said they don’t necessarily script the opening plays like many coaches do.

“We always look into the best way to start a game and best approach to do that,” Fisch said.