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Jim Zorn : biography

May 10, 1953 -

James Arthur "Jim" Zorn (born May 10, 1953) is an American quarterbacks coach in the National Football League. He was formerly the quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens and now holds that same position with the Kansas City Chiefs. Zorn was a left-handed quarterback, and is best known as the youthful and charismatic leader of the (then-expansion) Seattle Seahawks of the NFL, for their first seven-and-a-half seasons. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2007 season. He was hired by the Washington Redskins to be their head coach starting with the 2008 season and remained head coach until being fired in the early morning of January 4, 2010, the day after the final game of his second season as coach. Shortly thereafter, Zorn was hired as quarterbacks coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Zorn was released as quarterbacks coach of the Ravens on January 27, 2011. Zorn was added to the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff as their new quarterbacks coach on February 15, 2011.

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Jim Zorn has served:

  • Dennis Erickson, Seattle Seahawks (1997–1998)
  • Bobby Ross, Detroit Lions (1999–2000)
  • Mike Holmgren, Seattle Seahawks (2001–2007)
  • John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens (2010)
  • Todd Haley, Kansas City Chiefs (2011)
  • Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chiefs (2012)

College coaching career (1988–96)

After his playing career concluded, Zorn returned to college football as an assistant coach. His first stop was at Boise State University, where he was the quarterbacks coach from 1988–91. He then served as the offensive coordinator for Utah State from 1992–94. From 1995–1996 Zorn coached the quarterbacks for the University of Minnesota.

Head coaching record (2008–2009)

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
WAS 2008 8 8 0 .500 4th in NFC East
WAS 2009 4 12 0 .250 4th in NFC East
Total 12 20 0 .375

Professional head coaching (2008–2009)

After Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs retired in January 2008, owner Daniel Snyder hired Zorn as the team's new offensive coordinator. On February 10, 2008, Snyder made him the Redskins' new head coach. He was the fourth head coach hired by Snyder since he bought the team in 1999. Zorn earned his first professional coaching victory with a 29–24 win over the New Orleans Saints in week 2 of the 2008 NFL season. In week 4 of the 2008 season, Zorn became the first Redskins head coach to win his first game at Texas Stadium against the rival Dallas Cowboys since George Allen during the 1971 season.

Zorn complemented the Redskins’ bruising running attack with his version of the West Coast Offense, a combination that helped the Redskins finish eighth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (130.9). After the first half of the regular season, in which the team finished 6–2, Redskin Nation got "Horny for Zorny." Zorn and the team proceeded to implode and finish 8–8, making the season a huge disappointment. However Zorn’s new offense produced four starters who earned Pro Bowl honors. Running back Clinton Portis, finished fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,487). Tight end Chris Cooley earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance and led the team with a career-high 83 receptions for 849 yards. Offensive Tackle Chris Samuels earned his sixth Pro Bowl appearance—marking the third-most in franchise history, while fullback Mike Sellers earned his first Pro Bowl selection in his eighth NFL season.

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