Coach Bio

Jim Zorn
Quarterbacks
Age:
61
College:
Cal Poly Pomona
Hometown:
Whittier, CA
Experience:
16

Biography

Jim Zorn enters his second season in Kansas City as the club’s quarterbacks coach in 2012. Beginning his 16th season as a coach in the NFL, Zorn owns 11 years of experience tutoring the quarterback position. In addition, he played QB in the NFL for 11 seasons.

Jim Zorn enters his second season in Kansas City as the club’s quarterbacks coach in 2012. Beginning his 16th season as a coach in the NFL, Zorn owns 11 years of experience tutoring the quarterback position. In addition, he played QB in the NFL for 11 seasons.

In 2011, Zorn worked with three different Chiefs starting quarterbacks and under his leadership, Kansas City was one of two teams to have three different startings QBs open an eventual victory in 2011, with Houston being the only other team to accomplish the feat. The team’s 59.8 completion percentage was the club’s highest since posting a 60.4 mark in 2006.

Prior to joining the Chiefs, Zorn spent the 2010 season as Baltimore’s quarterbacks coach. He was influential in the continued development of QB Joe Flacco, who ranked seventh in the NFL with a career-high 93.6 passer rating. The Ravens’ third-year quarterback also threw a career-best 25 TD passes.

Zorn was the head coach of the Washington Redskins (2008-09), posting a 12-20 mark. He guided the club to an 8-8 mark in his first season as the team became the first squad in NFL history to not record an offensive turnover in its first five games.

Zorn spent seven campaigns as the quarterbacks coach with Seattle (2001-07) where he was instrumental in the development of QB Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks won four consecutive NFC West Division titles (2004-07) and made five straight playoff appearances (2003-07). In 2005, the club posted a franchise-best 13-3 mark and made its first-ever Super Bowl appearance.

In 2007, Hasselbeck set Seattle single-season marks for attempts (562), completions (352) and yards (3,966). The Seahawks signal-caller threw a career-high 28 TD passes en route to his third Pro Bowl selection.

Zorn oversaw a Seattle passing game that threw 26 touchdown passes despite starting two different quarterbacks in 2006. Hasselbeck was elected to his second Pro Bowl following the 2005 season after compiling a career-high 98.2 passer rating to rank fourth in the NFL. The club won 11 consecutive games and advanced to Super Bowl XL.

Prior to joining the Seahawks, Zorn served three seasons as the quarterbacks coach with Detroit (1998-00). He oversaw the rapid development of QB Charlie Batch who registered an 88.3 passer rating as a rookie, the fourth-highest rookie mark in NFL history. Zorn originally entered the NFL coaching ranks as an offensive assistant with Seattle (1997).

The Whittier, Calif., native coached on the collegiate level for nine years. He served as the QBs coach at Minnesota (1995-96) after coordinating the offense for three seasons at Utah State (1992-94). At Utah State, he coached Anthony Calvillo, the all-time passing yardage leader in professional football. He entered the coaching ranks as an offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach at Boise State (1988-91).

Zorn enjoyed an 11-year NFL playing career with Seattle (1976-84), Green Bay (1985) and Tampa Bay (1987). He saw action in 140 games (106 starts), completing 1,669 of 3,149 passes for 21,115 yards with 111 TDs and 141 INTs for a 67.3 rating. He also had 1,504 rushing yards with 17 TDs. He ranks third in Seahawks history with 1,593 completions, 20,122 passing yards and 107 touchdown passes. He was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor. Zorn spent one game with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (1986). He was named the NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1976 with Seattle after originally entering the NFL as a rookie free agent with Dallas in 1975.

Zorn played for two seasons at Cal Poly - Pomona where he set 44 school records. He began his career at Cerritos College. He was inducted into the Washington Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Education: Cal Poly - Pomona (B.A. 1997). Born: Whittier, Calif. Family: Wife - Joy; Children - Rachael Mitchell (husband, Neal), Sarah Hanson (husband, Darin), Danielle and Isaac. The Zorns also have two grandchildren.

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