Saturday, February 9, 2008

Redskins: ZORN AGAIN!

Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato may have just hired the next Joe Gibbs for the Washington Redskins. Something about this hire/promotion simply smells right. The options after Spagnuolo rejected the job looked fairly bleak... Mooch, Fassel, Meeks. None of them had that "it" factor one looks for in a head coach. Spags had it but stayed away.

Zorn has it. He was an over achiever as the first QB of the expansion SeaHawks. He is, as is Joe Gibbs, a 'character' guy that looks for character in his players. Zorn is a leader that, after 19 years of coaching, knows how to follow. The guy knows offense, and his results with QBs speaks volumes as to his ability to coach and communicate his ideas.

I tell ya, I gotta feeling, a real good feeling about this coaching decision. Snyder may have made the best decision as an owner he has or ever will make.

From the Press Release:
Zorn began his NFL coaching career following nine years as a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator at Boise State, Utah State and the University of Minnesota. He joined the Seahawks in 1997 as an offensive assistant.

The next season he moved to the Detroit Lions as quarterbacks coach, where he was instrumental in the development of rookie quarterback Charlie Batch. In his rookie season, Batch's 88.3 passer rating ranks as the fourth-highest rookie mark in NFL history.

Holmgren brought Zorn to the Seahawks as quarterbacks coach in 2001, where he coached current Seahawk quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Trent Dilfer and Brock Huard.

In 2002, Dilfer began the season as the starter, with Hasselbeck stepping in to complete the season. That year, Seattle's passing attack ranked third in the NFL and Hasselbeck finished the season ranked first in the NFC with a 63.7 completion percentage and second in the NFC with a 87.8 passer rating.

With Hasselbeck entrenched as Seattle's starter, Zorn has worked with Holmgren in implementing the team's offense while also continuing the development of the quarterback.

Hasselbeck, now a perennial Pro Bowler, continues to rank among the NFL's best quarterbacks. Similarly, the Seahawk's offense regular ranks among the NFL elite.

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