The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that they have named former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn the team’s QB coach.
Zorn, a former NFL QB was the QB’s coach for the Seattle Seahwaks in 2007 before being hired by the Washington Redskins to become their head coach in 2008. Zorn was fired by the Redskins in January of 2010 and was subsequently hired by the Baltimore Ravens to be their QB coach. Zorn was then released from the Ravens in January of this year.
Under Zorn, QB Joe Flacco reached a career high in touchdowns with 25 and a career low in interceptions with 10. Flacco also turned in a career high QB rating of 93.6.
Flacco was not happy with the team’s decision to fire Zorn. He was so upset he spoke out against the move publicly.
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“I’m not happy about it, and they know I’m not happy about it,” Flacco said.
“And when I look back on my season and our season as a team, I mean, we won 13 games. I felt like I had a pretty good year and you’re firing the quarterback coach? It’s kind of an attack on me, I feel like,” Flacco added.
Zorn hasn’t exactly been successful as a coach but it is a good sign that Flacco improved under his leadership and was upset over his firing. I think this is a great move by the Chiefs. Zorn is a former QB that Cassel should be able to relate to well. It also means that Todd Haley will have less to worry about, especially if he is going to be calling the plays.
Here is a bit from KC’s press release on the hire:
Flacco’s breakout season completed a three-franchise sweep for Zorn. In each of his three NFL coaching stops (Seattle, Washington and Baltimore) Zorn has guided a starting quarterback to a career season.
In 2007, Zorn tutored Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck to a franchise-record 3,966 passing yards and left Hasselbeck as that franchise’s most-efficient passer. Hasselbeck is the only Seahawks quarterback to pass for 3,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons since Zorn did so as a player from 1978-80. Hasselbeck also set single-season marks for completions (352), touchdowns (28) and passer rating (91.4) in 2007.
What do you think Addicts? Do you like the Zorn hire?