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The Argument FOR Jim Zorn as the Offensive Coordinator:
Jim Zorn is fluent in the language of the West Coast Offense like Speedy Gonzales is fluent in Spanish.
Zorn is tenured, his been on winning teams, and he has ties to Holmgren.
I think Zorn is a candidate that makes perfect sense for Cleveland.
We've acknowledged what Shurmur did with McNabb and Bradford, but let's not forget what Zorn has done with his QBs.
In 1998, Zorn was responsible for developing rookie Charlie Batch into a very proficient player for Detroit. Batch's 88.3 QB rating for his rookie season is still fourth highest in league history for a first-year player.
Zorn then worked in Seattle, from 2001-2007, where he developed a relationship with Holmgren and Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselbeck.
In 2003, when Matt Hasselbeck set the franchise record for passing yards and QB rating in Seattle, he was under the tutelage of Jim Zorn. And he was also under Zorn's watch in 2007, when he earned his third Pro Bowl appearance.
Then, in 2010, Zorn was hired as the QB coach in Baltimore and worked with Joe Flacco, who had the best season of his career, throwing for 3622 yards, 25 TDs and only 10 INTs in 489 attempts.
Coincidence? I think not.
Zorn's experience is by far the most intriguing aspect of his candidacy. There's nothing that could happen personnel-wise that Zorn wouldn't be equipped to handle, and, unlike Daboll, there's no defensive scheme that he probably couldn't figure out how to get around.
Interestingly, Zorn has experience in the AFC North, having coached in Baltimore this season. That should help.
The Argument AGAINST Jim Zorn as the Offensive Coordinator:
If there is one knock on him, it would be how he performed in Washington as the head coach and offensive coordinator.
In his first season, he did an admirable job, but was eventually relieved of his offensive play-calling duties in October of 2009 in favor of Sherman Lewis.
His offense became predictable and stagnated, and he was eventually fired in January of 2010.
This is further proof that first-time head coaches should not be expected to succeed as offensive coordinators, as well.
If Zorn had an offensive coordinator that utilized his preferred scheme (the West Coast Offense), the Redskins would probably be a much better team then they are.
Zorn knows the system, he knows the GM and he knows the division.
What's not to like?
Batch and Hasselbeck weren't marquee names like McNabb and Bradford, yet Zorn developed both quite well, and they have been successful in the NFL.
Zorn could improve the young and talented Colt McCoy, as well.
Apparently, Zorn is set to meet with Cleveland brass on Thursday or Friday afternoon.