The Info List - Jim Zorn

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James Arthur Zorn (born May 10, 1953) is a former American football player and coach in the National Football League. Zorn was a left-handed quarterback, and is best known as the starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
for their first eight seasons. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
from 2001 until the 2007 season, before being hired by the Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
to be their head coach starting in the 2008 season. Shortly after being fired following the 2009 season, Zorn was hired as quarterbacks coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Zorn was released as quarterbacks coach of the Ravens on January 27, 2011, and then joined the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
as their new quarterbacks coach for the 2011 season.


1 Early years 2 Professional career (1976–87)

2.1 Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
(1976–84) 2.2 Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
and Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
(1985–86) 2.3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
and retirement (1987)

3 College assistant coach (1988–96) 4 NFL assistant coach (1997–2007, 2010–12) 5 NFL head coach (2008–09) 6 Head coaching record (2008–2009) 7 Coaching tree 8 Personal life 9 References 10 External links

Early years[edit] Zorn attended Gahr High School
Gahr High School
in Cerritos, California, where he competed in football, baseball, basketball, track, and curling. He didn't start playing organized curling until his sophomore season. The next year, Zorn broke his wrist after being put at the end of a game to play quarterback. He became a starter as a senior in 1970 and graduated in 1971. Zorn played at the junior college level at Cerritos College
Cerritos College
for two years. He was benched midway through his sophomore season in 1972 because the head coach didn't like his leadership style.[1] In 1973, he transferred to Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly Pomona
after accepting their half-scholarship offer. As a junior that season, he registered 2,367 passing yards and 16 touchdowns, receiving Little All-American, Little All-Coast, and Southern California College Division Player of the Year honors. As a senior in 1974, Zorn's play was affected by coaching changes, posting 1,783 passing yards and six touchdowns. He finished his collegiate career with ten school records, 5,314 total yards, 4,150 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, 1,164 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. Zorn also threw the javelin for the Broncos' track team. Professional career (1976–87)[edit] Zorn was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
in 1975, the same year they had their famed Dirty Dozen draft. He was the Cowboys' last cut two days before the start of the 1975 season, to make room for running back Preston Pearson, who had been waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had a try-out with the Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
but was not signed. The Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
signed him as a free agent in 1976, reuniting with Dick Mansperger, who was the Cowboys' director of player personnel the previous year.[2] He would become a star starting QB for the Seahawks in their early days from 1976–83, before his position was taken by Dave Krieg and he was demoted to second-string quarterback midway through the 1983 season. He held second-string/backup quarterback positions with the Seahawks (1983–84), the Packers (1985), the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
of the Canadian Football League
Canadian Football League
(1986), and the Buccaneers (1987), before retiring following the 1987 NFL season. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
(1976–84)[edit] After spending a year out of football, he signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
in 1976. Zorn is closely associated with his favorite passing target, Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent. Largent was the first Seahawk inducted into the team's "Ring of Honor" (1989), and Zorn was second (1991).[3] Zorn was named AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year by the National Football League
National Football League
Players Association following the team's inaugural 1976 season.[4] He was also the Seahawks' team MVP, throwing for 12 touchdowns and rushing for four touchdowns. His three consecutive 3,000-yard seasons were tops in team history, since broken by Matt Hasselbeck
Matt Hasselbeck
in 2005, and he was the first Seattle
quarterback to record back-to-back 300-plus yard games—a feat he accomplished twice.[5] He was succeeded by Dave Krieg midway through the 1983 season, the year the Seahawks first made the NFL playoffs. Zorn stayed with the team as a second-string quarterback until the end of the 1984 season. Zorn was well known as one of the more prolific scrambling quarterbacks of his day. Many people reverently referred to him as "the left-handed Fran Tarkenton." He was named the 8th best mobile quarterback by NFL.com in 2008[6] Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
and Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
(1985–86)[edit] The Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
signed Zorn to the second-string quarterback position in 1985. The Packers finished the season 8–8, 2nd in the NFC Central, but did not make the playoffs. The Packers released Zorn in the off-season, and he decided to take a season off from the NFL and signed on to a backup quarterback position with the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1986, where he played one game before leaving the team and being released once again. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
and retirement (1987)[edit] Zorn returned to the NFL in 1987 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played one final game as a replacement player during the 1987 NFL strike before officially retiring. The 1987 Bucs finished the season 4–11 and missed the playoffs. In the NFL, Zorn threw for 21,115 yards and 111 touchdowns, completing 53% of his passes. He also ran for another 17 touchdowns.[7] College assistant coach (1988–96)[edit] After his playing career concluded, Zorn returned to college football as an assistant coach. His first stop was at Boise State University, in the Big Sky Conference, where he was the quarterbacks coach for four seasons under head coach Skip Hall, from 1988–91. He then served as the offensive coordinator for Utah State from 1992–94. From 1995–1996 Zorn coached the quarterbacks at the Minnesota Golden Gophers football. NFL assistant coach (1997–2007, 2010–12)[edit] Zorn moved up to the pro coaching ranks in 1997 with the Seattle Seahawks as quarterbacks coach under head coach Dennis Erickson. He then spent three seasons with the Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
(1998–2000) under head coach Bobby Ross, and was instrumental in the development of rookie quarterback Charlie Batch
Charlie Batch
in 1998.[5] Batch's 88.3 passer rating that season ranks as the fourth-highest rookie mark in NFL history. He returned to Seattle
in 2001 and worked with head coach Mike Holmgren and offensive coordinator Gil Haskell in implementing the team's offense while also furthering the development of the team's quarterbacks.[5] In 2003, Zorn tutored Matt Hasselbeck, who set a franchise record with 3,841 passing yards. Hasselbeck became the franchise's most-efficient passer (85.1 rating) while joining Zorn as the only Seahawks’ quarterback to pass for 3,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons.[5] In 2007 under Zorn, Hasselbeck set Seattle single-season marks for attempts (562), completions (352) and yards (3,966). He also threw for a career-high 28 touchdowns en route to his third Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
selection.[5] After two seasons as head coach of the Washington Redskins, Zorn was hired in 2010 by the Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
as their quarterbacks coach to replace Hue Jackson, who departed to the Oakland Raiders. Under Zorn, quarterback Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco
reached career high totals in touchdowns (25) and quarterback rating (93.6), as well as a career-low 10 interceptions. The Ravens also improved from 9-7 the previous season to 12-4. Despite this, Zorn was fired by the Ravens at the end of the season.[8] Flacco gave Zorn his approval and support, vocally objecting to the firing.[9] He was hired in 2011 by the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
as their quarterbacks coach and stayed through the 2012 season. When Andy Reid
Andy Reid
took over as head coach after the 2012 season, he brought in a brand new coaching staff. NFL head coach (2008–09)[edit] After Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
head coach Joe Gibbs
Joe Gibbs
retired in January 2008, owner Daniel Snyder
Daniel Snyder
hired Zorn as the team's new offensive coordinator. On February 10, 2008, Snyder made him the Redskins' new head coach.[10] 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
New Orleans Saints
in week 2 of the 2008 NFL season. In week 4 of the 2008 season, Zorn became the only Redskins head coach to win his first game at Texas Stadium against the rival Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
(2008 was the Cowboys' last year at their stadium in Irving, Texas, which opened in October 1971. The Cowboys moved to Cowboys Stadium
Cowboys Stadium
for the 2009 season. George Allen won his first game vs. the Cowboys in Dallas as Redskins' coach in 1971, but that game was played at the Cotton Bowl.). 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).[5] Zorn started his tenure with the Redskins by leading the team to a 6-2 record for the first half of the season, but subsequently finished the season going 2-6 with an overall 8-8 record. However Zorn's new offense produced four starters who earned Pro Bowl honors. Running back
Running back
Clinton Portis, finished fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,487).[5] Tight end Chris Cooley earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
appearance and led the team with a career-high 83 receptions for 849 yards. Offensive Tackle Chris Samuels
Chris Samuels
earned his sixth Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
appearance—marking the third-most in franchise history, while fullback Mike Sellers
Mike Sellers
earned his first Pro Bowl selection in his eighth NFL season.[5] Six games into the 2009 season, with a record of two wins and four losses, the Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
relieved Zorn of offensive play calling duties, assigning them to assistant coach Sherman Lewis following the Redskins' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
on October 18. In the early morning of January 4, 2010, it was reported that Zorn had been fired after the final game of the regular season, a loss to the San Diego Chargers.[11] He failed to make the playoffs in either of his seasons as head coach of the Redskins. He was replaced by former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.[12] Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn
has since given a series of interviews with the local Washington, D.C. networks in which he expressed disappointment in the handling of his dismissal. Head coaching record (2008–2009)[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason

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

– – – –

Coaching tree[edit] NFL head coaches under whom Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn
has served:

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

Personal life[edit] Zorn and his wife, Joy, have four children: daughters Rachael, Sarah, and Danielle and son Isaac.[13] Jim and Joy Zorn are active in Medical Teams International and Pro Athletes Outreach. Medical Teams International is dedicated to implementing and supporting programs that address the causes and effects inadequate of health care worldwide.[5] Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn
currently resides with his wife on Mercer Island, a suburb of Seattle. The couple is active in the local community, and attend Evergreen Covenant Church. Zorn is noted for his interest in mountain biking, kayaking and other outdoor sports. He has continued to mountain bike even as he approaches the age of 60.[14] When he was a player with the Seattle Seahawks, he experimented with building bikes for off-road riding with the help of the owner of Mercer Island
Mercer Island
Cyclery.[15] Zorn was inducted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony prior to Washington's game at Seattle
on November 23, 2008.[5] References[edit]

^ "On the edge with Jim Zorn". Retrieved February 19, 2017.  ^ "Young Seahawks suddenly contenders". Retrieved October 10, 2013.  ^ "Seahawks Ring of Honor". Archived from the original on December 22, 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2008.  ^ Oakland Tribune, November 3, 1977, page 46, Retrieved on 2008-02-20 ^ a b c d e f g h i j Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
bio Archived January 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ^ NFL Top 10 Mobile Quarterbacks on YouTube ^ Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn
Statistics – Pro-Football-Reference.com ^ Hensley, Jamison. " Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn
fired as Ravens QB coach". BaltimoreSun.com. Retrieved January 28, 2011.  ^ Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco
unhappy with Ravens' firing of Jim Zorn ^ Reid, Jason (February 11, 2008). "Washington Post on Jim Zorn". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 12, 2008.  ^ Reid, Jason (January 4, 2009), "Redskins fire Zorn after 2 seasons", Washington Post, retrieved January 4, 2009 . ^ Mike Shanahan
Mike Shanahan
Watch ^ Merrill, Elizabeth. "Zorn doesn't play by conventional rules." ESPN.com. July 14, 2009. ^ "On the Edge with Jim Zorn". Retrieved January 4, 2010.  ^ Competitor Magazine, Mid-Atlantic edition, Nov/Dec 2009, page 62

External links[edit]

Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • Pro-Football-Reference • Databasefootball.com Pro-Football-Reference.com – career coaching statistics – Jim Zorn

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Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
starting quarterbacks

Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn
(1976–1983) Steve Myer (1977) Dave Krieg (1981–1991) Gale Gilbert (1986) Bruce Mathison (1987) Jeff Kemp (1987–1988, 1991) Kelly Stouffer (1988–1989, 1991–1992) Stan Gelbaugh (1992, 1996) Dan McGwire (1991–1992, 1994) Rick Mirer (1993–1996) John Friesz (1995–1998) Warren Moon
Warren Moon
(1997–1998) Jon Kitna
Jon Kitna
(1997–2000) Glenn Foley (1999) Brock Huard (2000) Matt Hasselbeck
Matt Hasselbeck
(2001–2010) Trent Dilfer
Trent Dilfer
(2001–2002, 2004) Seneca Wallace
Seneca Wallace
(2006, 2008–2009) Charlie Frye
Charlie Frye
(2008) Charlie Whitehurst
Charlie Whitehurst
(2010–2011) Tarvaris Jackson
Tarvaris Jackson
(2011) Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson

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Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
starting quarterbacks

Norman Barry (1921) Charlie Mathys
Charlie Mathys
(1922–1926) Curly Lambeau
Curly Lambeau
(1925) Pid Purdy (1926) Red Dunn (1927–1931) Bullet Baker (1928–1929) Jack Evans (1929) Arnie Herber (1930–1940) Paul Fitzgibbon (1931) Roger Grove (1931) Cecil Isbell (1938–1942) Hal Van Every (1940) Tony Canadeo
Tony Canadeo
(1942–1943) Irv Comp (1943–1948) Roy McKay (1945) Cliff Aberson (1946) Jack Jacobs (1947–1949) Perry Moss
Perry Moss
(1948) Earl Girard (1949) Stan Heath (1949) Tobin Rote
Tobin Rote
(1950–1956) Bobby Thomason
Bobby Thomason
(1951) Babe Parilli
Babe Parilli
(1952–1953, 1957–1958) Bart Starr
Bart Starr
(1956–1971) Joe Francis (1958) Lamar McHan (1959–1960) John Roach (1963) Zeke Bratkowski
Zeke Bratkowski
(1966–1968, 1971) Don Horn (1969–1970) Scott Hunter (1971–1973) Jerry Tagge (1973–1974) Jim Del Gaizo (1973) John Hadl (1974–1975) Jack Concannon
Jack Concannon
(1974) Don Milan (1975) Lynn Dickey
Lynn Dickey
(1976–1977, 1979–1985) Carlos Brown (1976) Randy Johnson (1976) David Whitehurst (1977–1979, 1981) Randy Wright (1984–1988) Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn
(1985) Don Majkowski
Don Majkowski
(1987–1992) Alan Risher (1987) Anthony Dilweg (1990) Blair Kiel
Blair Kiel
(1990–1991) Mike Tomczak (1991) Brett Favre
Brett Favre
(1992–2007) Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
(2008–2017) Matt Flynn
Matt Flynn
(2010–2011, 2013) Seneca Wallace
Seneca Wallace
(2013) Scott Tolzien
Scott Tolzien
(2013) Brett Hundley
Brett Hundley

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
starting quarterbacks

Steve Spurrier
Steve Spurrier
(1976) Parnell Dickinson (1976) Terry Hanratty (1976) Gary Huff (1977) Randy Hedberg (1977) Jeb Blount (1977) Doug Williams (1978–1982) Mike Rae (1978) Mike Boryla (1978) Jack Thompson (1983–1984) Jerry Golsteyn (1983) Steve DeBerg (1984–1987, 1992–1993) Steve Young
Steve Young
(1985–1986) Vinny Testaverde
Vinny Testaverde
(1987–1992) John Reaves (1987) Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn
(1987) Joe Ferguson (1988–1989) Chris Chandler
Chris Chandler
(1990–1991) Jeff Carlson (1991) Craig Erickson (1993–1994) Trent Dilfer
Trent Dilfer
(1994–1999) Shaun King (1999–2000, 2002) Eric Zeier
Eric Zeier
(1999) Brad Johnson (2001–2004) Rob Johnson (2002) Brian Griese
Brian Griese
(2004–2005, 2008) Chris Simms
Chris Simms
(2004–2006) Bruce Gradkowski
Bruce Gradkowski
(2006) Tim Rattay (2006) Jeff Garcia
Jeff Garcia
(2007–2008) Luke McCown
Luke McCown
(2007) Byron Leftwich
Byron Leftwich
(2009) Josh Johnson (2009, 2011) Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
(2009–2013) Mike Glennon (2013–2014) Josh McCown
Josh McCown
(2014) Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston
(2015–present) Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick

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Boston Braves / Boston Redskins / Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
head coaches

Lud Wray
Lud Wray
(1932) William Dietz (1933–1934) Eddie Casey (1935) Ray Flaherty
Ray Flaherty
(1936–1942) Dutch Bergman
Dutch Bergman
(1943) Dudley DeGroot (1944–1945) Turk Edwards (1946–1948) John Whelchel
John Whelchel
(1949) Herman Ball (1949–1951) Dick Todd (1951) Curly Lambeau
Curly Lambeau
(1952–1953) Joe Kuharich (1954–1958) Mike Nixon (1959–1960) Bill McPeak (1961–1965) Otto Graham
Otto Graham
(1966–1968) Vince Lombardi
Vince Lombardi
(1969) Bill Austin (1970) George Allen (1971–1977) Jack Pardee
Jack Pardee
(1978–1980) Joe Gibbs
Joe Gibbs
(1981–1992) Richie Petitbon (1993) Norv Turner
Norv Turner
(1994–2000) Terry Robiskie
Terry Robiskie
# (2000) Marty Schottenheimer
Marty Schottenheimer
(2001) Steve Spurrier
Steve Spurrier
(2002–2003) Joe Gibbs
Joe Gibbs
(2004–2007) Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn
(2008–2009) Mike Shanahan
Mike Shanahan
(2010–2013) Jay Gruden
Jay Gruden
(2014– )

Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach

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Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
1976 inaugural season roster

Ted Bachman Carl Barisich Nick Bebout Don Bitterlich Lyle Blackwood Andy Bolton Ed Bradley Dave Brown Don Clune Ron Coder Randy Coffield Greg Collins Al Cowlings Mike Curtis Al Darby John Demarie Don Dufek Rick Engles Norm Evans Ken Geddes Sammy Green Don Hansen Richard Harris Fred Hoaglin Ron Howard Gordon Jolley Ernie Jones Art Kuehn Steve Largent John Leypoldt Bob Lurtsema Al Matthews Sam McCullum Hugh McKinnis John McMakin Eddie McMillan Bill Munson Ralph Nelson Bob Newton Steve Niehaus Bill Olds Bob Penchion Steve Raible Oliver Ross Dave Simonson Sherman Smith Don Testerman Dave Tipton Larry Woods Rolly Woolsey Jim Zorn

Head coach: Jack Patera

Assistant coaches: Sam Boghosian Bob Hollway Earl Leggett Andy MacDonald Larry Peccatiello Jerry Rhome

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Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
Ring of Honor

Dave Brown (1992) Kenny Easley
Kenny Easley
(2002) Jacob Green
Jacob Green
(1995) Pete Gross (1992) Walter Jones (2014) Cortez Kennedy (2006) Chuck Knox (2005) Dave Krieg (2004) Steve Largent
Steve Largent
(1989) Curt Warner (199