Jim Mora has hired Jedd Fisch to serve as his new offensive coordinator. In a press conference announcing the Fisch hire, Mora was asked if he considered hiring any spread coordinators for the job.
His response was puzzling to say the least.
Mora didn't talk to any spread OCs. "As far as I know, no spread teams have won a national championship and that’s our goal here," Mora said
— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) January 5, 2017
As all of us know, there are many iterations of “the spread” and most national champions have used one of them, dating back to Texas in 2005. Urban Meyer’s power spread won national titles in 2006, ’08 and ’14. Cam Newton and Gus Malzhan’s spread was the only reason Auburn won the 2010 national title. While Alabama’s 2009 title team did not use the spread, the program has drifted that way in recent years, including title teams in 2012 and ’15. Clemson runs the spread. Oregon almost won two national titles with the spread.
And on and on and on. You get the point.
Sure, the pass-first Mike Leach spreads haven’t been in contention for the title but, again, that’s not the only version of the offense out there. Perhaps that’s what Mora had in mind when he fielded the question.
The point here is not to denigrate the Fisch hire, but to point out a genuinely odd comment by Mora.