Jim Zorn: “I’m going to move on and truly I’m a better coach for all the things that happened there.February 18, 2010 – 10:22 am by Michael Bean
It didn’t take long for former Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn to land another job in the National Football League, but it’s hardly a lateral move. Zorn was recently hired by John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens to be the team’s quarterbacks coach. He’ll be working with the promising young signal caller Joe Flacco in Baltimore. Zorn of course had a tough time of it as a head coach in Washington. He wasn’t exactly in the best position to succeed – a meddling owner, inconsistency from his quarterback and a roster riddled with expensive players and frequent injuries.
To his credit, Zorn has at least handled the ‘Skins debacle with class and grace. He should be in a better situation in Baltimore, at least for a few years while the dust settles on his time in D.C. Zorn joined KJR in Seattle with Dave “Softy” Mahler where he played professionally to talk about his new gig, what it was like working for Dan Snyder in Washington, what it was like to have the play calling duties stripped from him mid-season last year, how he’d like to be a head coach in the league again at some point, and what he sees in young Ravens quarterback, Joe Flacco.
On what it was like working for ‘Skins owner Daniel Snyder:
“Well he’s very passionate about winning and he’s very passionate about the Redskins…much like all the other owners in the National Football League. He serves a great purpose in the D.C. area to try to continue to revive Redskin football. He wants to win in the worst way and I would limit my conversation to that and just say that really is the truth.”
On if Snyder meddled too much in the day-to-day football operations:
“I’m gone from there so anything I would say…I don’t want to be gone from there, so that was my sour note for myself, but I’m not going to cry over that. I’m going to move on and truly I’m a better coach for all the things that happened there. Some of the things were out of my control, I tried to control things I could control. And I tried to do the best job that I could regardless of the circumstances that were in front of me.”
On Sherman Lewis being named the play caller
Yes. [laughing]. Yes it was. In my estimation, it wasn’t the issue. That was the hardest thing.”
On if he has ambitions of being a head coach again:
“Oh yeah, absolutely. No question about it. And one of the things I’ve already talked to John Harbaugh – who’s our head football coach here – I’m not in any hurry. I wasn’t in Seattle. I was there for seven years and got the opportunity. The formula for becoming a head coach in my mind plays itself out. There isn’t one. You’ve got to really be connected and be in the right place and you have to be successful at what you’re doing. And then you have to do it for a long period of time. That’s what I’m doing here. And I told John, I’m here until…it’s not like I’m trying to race out of anywhere. And that’s one of the reasons I think he can trust hiring me is just to know that I’m going to work hard and know what my position is here. Cam Cameron is our offensive coordinator and I’m going to work with Joe Flacco and try to help him any way I can.”
On what he sees in Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco:
“Well I think he’s a tremendous talent. He really is. He sort of has this poise about him in the pocket, he can really strong, he’s got a real good base. He’s very competitive, but maybe a little quiet. Definitely quieter than Matt [Hasselbeck]. I watched the whole 2009 season with him, and I see some things I can help him with. But all the foundation is there. It really is, and I’m a little bit taken back by his statistics or his QB rating and things like that within the league, because I think I can make him better. I’m hoping to find that formula to help him get better.”
On if he had contact with new Browns President Mike Holmgren about joining his staff in Cleveland:
“Mike did not call me. But you know, he wouldn’t call a guy when he didn’t have a position for him. He’s got that staff, so there’s no real reason to call me except, ‘hey how’s it going?’ ‘Hey, I’m doing great.’ You know, what’s he going to say? He’s working his plan, and I think what’s exciting for me playing with the Ravens is, we’re in their division now. I’ll get to see Mike, I’ll be able to compete against him again. Maybe not him, but we’ll compete twice now against the Browns every year. I’ll be interested in watching that team change as Mike’s influence comes into the Browns.”