Posts Tagged ‘Jim Zorn

31
Jan
10

Ravens Hire Zorn

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By Jesse Jones

The Baltimore Ravens have filled one of their coaching holes by hiring Jim Zorn to be their quarterbacks coach.

Zorn, who was recently fired by the Washington Redskins, was the QB coach in Seattle when Matt Hasselbeck was in his prime.  In ’03, Hasselbeck threw for a franchise record 3,841 passing yards.  Hasselbeck also led his team to a Super Bowl and has been to three Pro Bowls.

Although his time in D.C. failed, Jim Zorn did help Jason Campbell improve as a quarter.  In 2008, Campbell threw for 3,245 yards, 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.  In 2009, he threw for 3,618 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.  His passer rating also went from 84.5 to 86.4 in the two years under Zorn.

Hopefully Zorn can help Flacco grow and make the offense better.  Then we might see that pose a lot more in Baltimore.

05
Jan
10

Skins Fire Zorn, Shanahan Likely To Become Next Head Coach in D.C.

Zorn's typical sideline face

By Ben Linton

To no surprise to the rest of the football world, the Washington Redskins have fired their head coach Jim Zorn after a losing to the Chargers 23-20 in Week 17 to finish the season with a disappointing 4-12 record. In two years in Washington, Zorn had a combined record of 12-20, which was not good enough for Owner Daniel Snyder and General Manager Bruce Allen. Here’s a look at the best times in Zorn’s career and the worst times.

High point: Last season Zorn led the Redskins to consecutive road wins in Weeks 4 and 5 in Dallas and Philadelphia. After the first half of the 2008 season, the Skins were 6-2 and after the Dallas win Zorn had the team chant a very corny, “Hip Hip Horray!” The celebrations would not last long, as the Skins went 6-18 after that.

Low point: Following a 14-6 loss at home to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs, the Redskins had dropped to 2-4. Jason Campbell was benched and Jim Zorn was stripped of play calling duties following the loss, the third game in which Washington gave a team their first win of 2009, including the Detroit Lions.

So what exactly went wrong? Zorn was overwhelmed with his responsibilities as head coach. He went from Quarterbacks Coach in Seattle to Offensive Coordinator in D.C. and ultimately to Head Coach. Zorn was asked to call plays and manage the team without any prior experience. He was in over his head and was not cut out for the task that was at hand. To his credit, I don’t think anyone could have been very successful under those circumstance or have done a better job remaining his dignity after being stripped of play calling duties.

What’s next? It looks like Mike Shanahan is the leading candidate to be the next coach in Washington, as he has been flown in to D.C. today to discuss a head coaching position. It also seems that he will bring his son Kyle Shanahan, Offensive Coordinator of the Houston Texans, with him to run the offense. The Redskins also have the number 4 draft pick, which they must use wisely and hit the jackpot.

I’m sure I will be back on here later to discuss more about what’s going down in our nation’s capitol.

23
Oct
09

Zorn will finish season as coach

Everything seems to be settled between these three...for now

Everything seems to be settled between these three...for now

By Ben Linton

We told you it would be a crazy week. After much uncertainty was hovering around the direction in which the franchise wanted to go, Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato announced that Jim Zorn would finish out the season as head coach of the Washington Redskins. He did this on his radio on sports talk 980, explaining “Jim Zorn is the head coach of the Washington Redskins and will be for the rest of this season, and hopefully into the future.”

It all makes since to me now. Cerrato and Snyder did not take away play calling from Zorn just to “help out” the offense or clean Jim’s plate; They did it to try to get him to resign. And since he did not waiver or falter at this demotion, they decided to stick with him until the end of the season. It seems that Snyder and Co. want Zorn gone, but don’t know how to do it. Even if the Redskins turn this season around, Zorn will not get the praise, Sherman Lewis will.  Even though it is inevitable that Zorn will be gone after this season, it would have caused even more drama and chaos if they let him go only 7 weeks into the season.

So that pretty much wraps up this week for the Redskins off the field. Now all we can do is sit back and watch what happens on the field.

22
Oct
09

Jason Campbell to Start vs. Eagles

By Ben Linton

Even though he threw from 89 yards and an interception in one half against the worst defense in the NFL, Jason Campbell will be given a chance to redeem himself on Monday Night Football when the Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles. He was benched after the first half against the Chiefs, and was replaced by Todd Collins who did not fare much better. Since Jim Zorn will not be calling plays in favor of Sherman Lewis, the Redskins may want some stability at Quarterback with all the other shifts surrounding the offense. It will be very interesting to see how this fares.

Another report says that Jim Zorn almost resigned after his play calling duties were stripped from him following Sunday’s loss. This was brought forth by Steve Largent, a hall-of-fame wide receiver who played with Zorn and still remains in contact with him. Largent claims that this was an attempt to get Zorn to resign, and he says Jim would not do that. Largent also explained, “The formula that the Redskin owner and the Redskin general manager have for producing a winner on the field is not a winning formula, meaning they can’t make all the decisions on the coaches and the personnel and then hire some guy off the street to be the head coach and win with what they put on the field. Because it doesn’t work…That has been proven for 10 years in a row. … The failure of the Redskins is not about Jim Zorn. The failure of the Redskins starts above him, above his level.”

I agree with Largent’s statement 100%. Even though Zorn has not been successful at all as a play caller, its better than someone who has been forced out of retirement and around the team for only two weeks to be calling plays. I mean nobody really even knows who this guy is. There’s no way that the Redskins will succeed with this formula; this is just a recipe for disaster. I don’t even see the Redskins scoring a point on Monday Night, and they might become the laughing stock of the NFL. If the front office wanted Zorn gone, they should have just done it then and there instead of trying to take everything away from him bit by bit. The only thing this organization can do right now is make headlines, and last time I checked publicity does not equal wins.

19
Oct
09

Disarray in D.C.

Sherman Lewis will call the plays for Washington from here on out.

Sherman Lewis will call the plays for Washington from here on out.

By Ben Linton

Two weeks ago he was calling bingo, now Sherman Lewis is calling plays in the NFL. After the Redskins’ horrid loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Jim Zorn was stripped of his play calling duties and has handed the reigns over to Lewis.  Lewis has not called a play since 1999 with the Green Bay Packers, and takes over an offense averaging 13 points per game. Good luck with that.

I don’t understand the decision to only take away calling plays from Zorn. Why not just fire him right on the spot after the game? At least show Zorn some decency instead of pulling him along for the ride. Taking away play calling is one thing, but taking away another man’s dignity is wrong.  Zorn claims to say he has a “knack” for calling plays, but that’s completely erroneous because the Redskins offense is predictable and doesn’t keep defenses on their heels. Mike Ditka said it the best on Mike and Mike in the Morning, “If you don’t want him, get rid of him.” Its not a matter of if Zorn will get fired, it’s a matter of when. So why not just do it now?

Also, it has not been announced but it seems clear that Todd Collins will start on Monday Night Football against the Philidelphia Eagles this week. With a new quarterback and a new play caller, put your money on the Eagles to win this one. They will want to take their anger out on somebody after losing to Oakland 13-9 last week.

18
Oct
09

Redskins Lose, Campbell Benched, Zorn Probably Fired

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By Ben Linton

Washington Redskins’ nation is in a state of disbelief, dismay, and disdain as they saw their beloved Redskins lose 14-6 to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs this sunday. Seem familiar? Washington has given three teams their first win of the season. Now this will be the longest week in D.C., as the Redskins (2-4) will most likely have a new coach and new quarterback for next week’s game. But first let us reflect on what was the worst loss of season: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Week 5.

The Good

1. The Defensive Line and pressure was tremendous, as Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was sacked five times. Defensive End Andre Carter registered two sacks for consecutive games, and Rookie Brian Orakpo has recorded a sack in four straight contests. He is making a case for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Bad

1. The Special Teams was not impressive at all today. Punter Glen Pakulak had one put blocked, which Kansas City could not convert into points. But Kansas City capitalized on a 15-yard facemask penalty by Safety Kareem Moore on a punt return that set up a go-ahead field goal to put Kansas City in the lead 9-6. Antwaan Randel El has continued to struggle on punt returns, gaining eight yards on three returns for an average of 2.7 per return. Randel El has only 38 yards on six punt returns this year, and dances around way to much instead of trying to just cut it up field and get what he can.

The Ugly

1. This very well may have been Jason Campbell’s last game as Washington Redskins’ Quarterback. He was 9 of 16 on passes with 89 yards and an interception in the first half, and was benched for the rest of the game. I am known to be one of  Campbell supporters, but with this game I am ready to move on. He is just not an NFL Quarterback: He can’t make quick reads, gets nervous and plays scared, and doesn’t take chances.  Todd Collins played the whole second half, and connected with Reciever Santana Moss on a 42 yards on his first pass, and led the Redskins to two scores on his first two drives. Yet the Redskins scored six points against the worst defense in the NFL. He will most likely be the starter the rest of the way.

So this season has begun to rear its ugly head, and the light at the end of the tunnel flickers dimly. Today the Redskins played like the worst team in the NFL, and in fact make a good case to be the worst team in the NFL, regardless of their record. Their two wins have come against teams with a combined record of 0-12, and have lost to three teams that previously were winless. The Washington Redskins have some of the best players in the NFL. But they have one of the worst teams. So who is to blame?

In my opinion it is the ownership of the Washington Redskins that has been the problem for this debacle. Instead of developing talent and drafting well, the Redskins trade all their picks for big name players or spend all their money at signing players like Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, Jason Taylor, Adam Archuleta, Jeremiah Trotter, Dana Stubblefield, Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, the list goes on and on.

With only two good seasons under his belt and an injury-laden past, was Albert Hanyesworth worth 100 million dollars?

With only two good seasons under his belt and an injury-laden past, was Albert Hanyesworth worth 100 million dollars?

Then they hire Jim Zorn. A man who has never head coached in the NFL, let alone been a coordinator. Then they think he can handle the burden of being the Quarterbacks Coach, play caller, and Head Coach? I think not. I think Jim Zorn is a great guy, but he is an awful coach. With all the weapons that he has and the reputation he was given, the Redskins should be doubling the numbers on offense that they have right now. Zorn might as well just dig himself a ditch to hide in until Snyder calls him up and brings him into his office to let him know that he has been fired. Its a shame that you can’t fire the owner when your team is all screwed up, but instead they’ll run the coach and quarterback out of town, even though they deserve it.

Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber

So I know that most Redskins’ fans will give up on the season and I don’t blame ’em. 2009 will probably go down as the worst underachieving and dramatic meltdown in the past decade of any NFL team. This week will be very interesting, and i’m sure that I will be back to discuss and report the ongoing drama that is the Washington Redskins.

16
Oct
09

Should the Skins keep Zorn?

By Ben Linton

Check out this video that Redskins’ great John Riggins posted on his twitter about Jim Zorn. Wonder where he stands on the cloud of uncertainty surrounding this organization?


I’m going to reserve my judgements about Zorn until after this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. There is definately no excuse for losing to Kansas City, and if that happens, I see a change happening in Washington. A lot is going on in D.C., with the players asking the ownership to back up Zorn, and the pressure building on this upcoming game. I decided to make this post a little more interactive for the reader before it all goes down, so here are a couple of polls for you guys to weigh in on what you think will happen in Washington.






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