To some football fans Jim Zorn may be only known as the quarterback from ‘way back when,’ and the Coach who was recently fired from the Washington Redskins after a short two year stint. It may be good to know that Zorn played the game with much success and as the new quarterbacks’ coach for the Ravens his expertise will be of added value.
Zorn the QB
An undrafted rookie from Cal Poly Pamona in 1975, Zorn began his career in Dallas (Cowboys), but was released and he landed with the Seattle Seahawks expansion team in 1976, thier inaugural season. He was named NFL’s offensive rookie of the year following the 76’ season.
The left-hander had a good amount of success in Seattle and threw for over 3,000 yards three years in a row. In 1979 the Seahawks went 9-7 as Zorn threw for 3,661 yards. He compiled 20,122 yards passing with 107 TD’s during his nine years in Seattle (1976 to 1984). Some of his accomplishments can be attributed to the great receiver Steve Largent, a Hall of Fame member. In fact, “Zorn to Largent” was quite the combo back in the day. A skill that garnered some attention was his ability to make plays on the run, scrambling on broken plays to produce completions. In 1991 Zorn was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor.
Zorn & Cameron
Cam Cameron as an offensive coordinator excelled in San Diego and for Baltimore fans Cameron has given life to a historically anemic offense. Zorn has thirteen years coaching experience and as quarterback coach helped Charlie Batch in Detroit and Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle with good results. Both coaches didn’t fair well as head coaches. To be fair, their coaching opportunities were short and the teams they were with had struggles in the front office. With Cam Cameron having shaped the offense and Zorn honing in on Flacco’s skills, it makes for a dynamic team.
Zorn has taken a humble approach since being hired only wanting to “tweak” Joe Flacco’s game or help him improve where he can. Zorn’s game playing experience will be an added benefit to Flacco as well. At the recent Mini-Camp Zorn said he doesn’t want to change things, rather help Flacco with improving on situational plays.
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Top 10 Passing Receiving Combo (Zorn & Largent)