Ed Warinner will be quickest, smartest fix for Michigan coaching staff

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Bad news: Jedd Fisch is off the market.

The NFL’s Los Angeles Rams hired Fisch as a senior offensive analyst in January, around the same time that Michigan’s staff was undergoing a facelift.

Michigan’s staff is still in transition, as multiple outlets reported that offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tim Drevno has resigned after three years on Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff.

Michigan still hasn’t confirmed Drevno’s departure.

Fisch would be an ideal hire, as he helped craft Jake Rudock into a 3,000-yard passer in 2015, and helped maximize Wilton Speight’s production in 2016. Fisch, however, wouldn’t fit Michigan’s immediate need, and that’s to repair its offensive line.

There’s someone already on Michigan’s staff who should step into that particular void: Ed Warinner. He likely let the cat out of the bag Saturday night with an update to his Twitter bio, but it’s a logical move for the Wolverines.

Warinner is more experienced, and he immediately can make repairs to the offensive line. Here’s a scouting report that former Kansas coach Mark Mangino gave Land of 10 in January, when Michigan hired Warniner as an offensive analyst.

“Ed will get everyone on the same page,” Mangino said. “He’ll get them to work as a single, well-oiled unit. The offensive line, there’s no place on the football field where five guys stand a foot or more away from each other. The success of each other is dependent on the guy next to them.

“Ed is so good at relaying that concept.”

Another reason to promote Warinner: economics. According to his contract terms, Warinner will earn $250,000 a year. That falls more into line with what an assistant on Michigan’s staff makes, as opposed to an analyst.

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