WNST.net can confirm that former Washington Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn will become the QB Coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Zorn replaces Hue Jackson, who left the team earlier this week to become the new Offensive Coordinator of the Oakland Raiders.
Zorn was fired by the Skins following a 4-12 record in 2009; he went 12-20 overall during his two years in DC. Prior to taking the job in Washington, Zorn had been QB coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 2001-07, he held the same position with the Detroit Lions the prior two seasons. Zorn is often credited for the development of NFL QB’s like Charlie Batch and more notably, Matt Hasselbeck.
Zorn played QB in the NFL from 1976-1987 with the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His greatest success came in Seattle, where he was a former Rookie of the Year and All-Pro selection. He was honored in 1991 by being named to the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor.
I asked Redskins OL Edwin Williams today about his former coach, and he told me Zorn was “really into detail, and wants you to practice as you play.” He thought the QB coach position in Baltimore would be good for Zorn, who “works just as hard as” his quarterbacks, and “always had a good rapport” with Redskins QB’s Jason Campbell, Todd Collins and Colt Brennan.
And as Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog compiled, he has a bit of a history of making some funny faces….
Edit from GMC: The Ravens have since confirmed this news. Here are some quotes from Head Coach John Harbaugh via BaltimoreRavens.com:
“Jim played successfully in the league for a long time,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He knows what quarterbacks go through in this league. He has been a quarterbacks coach, a head coach and he is familiar with our offense. That’s a great resume.
“I’ve gotten to know Jim for the last couple of years, and have been impressed with him as a person. He’s a good, decent man and will be an excellent addition to the Ravens. This is an exciting addition to our staff.”