Baltimore Welcomes Jim Zorn, and with Good Reason

Zack NallyCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 03:  Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on January 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Redskins 23-20.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens have made the best offseason move thus far in the hiring of Jim Zorn as the new Quarterbacks Coach.

His hiring came after former quarterback coach Hue Jackson left to join the Oakland Raiders as their new offensive coordinator.

Zorn is coming off an embarrassing two-year tenure as the head coach for Washington where he led the 'Skins to their worst record in fifteen years at 12-20. His team came close to victory time and again, but was never able to overcome the mistakes of an inane owner and a rookie head coach.

Owner Daniel Snyder promoted Zorn from offensive coordinator to head coach before the season ever began; the team's first mistake.

The organization then expected success from a team built around an aging, overpaid defense, an offensive line whose experience stemmed from Arena football, and a quarterback who has been asked to learn a different offensive scheme nearly every year. 

This was Jim Zorn's bed and he slept in it week after week with a face of humility and a cool sense of propriety.

Before he entered the Redskins' organization, Zorn was considered a successful quarterback coach. His influence in Seattle during their brighter years was evident behind Matt Hasselbeck's arm. 

Now, Zorn joins a team on the brink of championship-caliber potential. Normally noted for its veteran leadership on defense and a do-everything running back in Ray Rice, Zorn now has the opportunity to coach one of the NFL's hopeful youths, Joe Flacco. 

Flacco has spurred his team to the playoffs twice in his two years as a pro and he's done it with pure athletic ability and class. As his new coach, Zorn will only further Flacco's potential and open up the Ravens' playbook to new standards. 

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