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Jim Zorn
Coach Jim Zorn.jpg
Jim Zorn during the 2009 preseason.
Position(s)
Quarterback
Head Coach
Jersey #(s)
10, 18
Born May 10, 1953 (1953-05-10) (age 56)
Whittier, California
Career information
Year(s) 19761987
Undrafted in 1976
College Cal Poly Pomona
Professional teams
Playing career

College coaching career

Professional assistant coaching career

Professional head coaching career

Career stats
TD-INT 111-141
Yards 21,115
QB Rating 77.3
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

James Arthur "Jim" Zorn (born May 10, 1953 in Whittier, California) is a former American football head coach of the Washington Redskins National Football League franchise, and a former quarterback in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks. 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 Redskins to be their head coach starting with the 2008 season. In the early morning of January 4th, 2010, the day after the final game of his second season as coach, Zorn was fired as head coach of the Redskins.

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Early life

Zorn graduated from Gahr High School in Cerritos, California in 1971, and played college football at Cal Poly Pomona for the Broncos.

Professional career (1976–87)

He was 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 of the Canadian Football League (1986), and the Buccaneers (1987), before retiring following the 1987 NFL season.

Seattle Seahawks (1976–84)

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).[1] Zorn was named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year by the National Football League Players Association following the team's inaugural 1976 season.[2] 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 in 2005, and he was the first Seattle quarterback to record back-to-back 300-plus yard games--a feat he accomplished twice[3].

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.

Green Bay Packers and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1985–86)

The 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 not enough to make the playoffs. The Packers released Zorn in the 1985-86 NFL off-season. Zorn 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 and Retirement (1987)

In 1987, Zorn decided to come back to the NFL after only one season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He signed on with his third NFL team (fourth overall), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He managed to play one final game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a replacement player during the 1987 NFL strike before officially retiring. The 1987 Bucs finished the season 4-11, missing 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.[4]

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.

Professional assistant coaching career (1997-2007)

Zorn moved up to the pro coaching ranks in 1997. Zorn joined the Seattle Seahawks as quarterbacks coach after serving in the same capacity with the Detroit Lions (1998-2000). He was instrumental in the development of rookie quarterback Charlie Batch in 1998[3]. Batch’s 88.3 passer rating that season ranks as the fourth-highest rookie mark in NFL history. During his time in Seattle, Zorn worked with Seahawks 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[3]. In 2003, Zorn tutored Matt Hasselbeck who set a franchise record with 3,841 passing yards in. Hasselbeck has become 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[3].. 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 selection[3].

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.[5] He is 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)[3]. Zorn’s new offense produced four starters earned Pro Bowl honors. Running back Clinton Portis, finished fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,487)[3]. 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[3].

Six games into the 2009 season, with a record of two wins and four losses, the 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 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.[6] 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.[7] Jim Zorn has since given a series of interviews with the local Washington, DC networks in which he expressed disappointment in the circumstances, but support for Redskins owner Dan Snyder and the team.

Head coaching record

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 - - - -

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Jim Zorn has served:

Personal life

Zorn and his wife, Joy, have four children: daughters Rachael, Sarah, and Danielle and son Isaac. [8]. 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[3].

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.[9] 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 Cyclery.[10]

Zorn was recently 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[3].

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
N/A
Seattle Seahawks Starting Quarterback
1976–1982
Succeeded by
Dave Krieg
Preceded by
Lynn Dickey
Green Bay Packers Starting Quarterback
1985
Succeeded by
Randy Wright
Preceded by
Joe Gibbs
Washington Redskins Head Coach
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Mike Shanahan







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