Tag:Jim Zorn
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:25 am
Edited on: February 4, 2012 10:39 am

Report: Chiefs hire Brian Daboll as OC

Brian Daboll (right) reportedly has been hired as Kansas City's offensive coordinator. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Earlier this week, with Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli in Indianapolis for all the Super Bowl festivities, Crennel said he was close to hiring a new offensive coordinator. Now, we know, via the Kansas City Star, that Crennel’s choice is former Dolphins offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

Apparently, Daboll beat out quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn and former Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders for the job.

Daboll is coming off a one-year run as Tony Sparano’s offensive coordinator in Miami where the Dolphins ranked 22nd in yards gained and 20th in points scored (according to Football Outsiders, they were the 20th-most efficient offense overall).

That actually was an improvement over Daboll’s two-year run as the Browns offensive coordinator under Crennell when Cleveland ranked as one of the worst offensive teams in the league from 2009-10.

To be fair, though, Daboll didn’t have much to work with in Cleveland, and after losing Chad Henne to injury last season in Miami, the Dolphins offense improved in the second half of the season, helping the team win six of its last nine games.

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Posted on: April 2, 2011 1:38 pm

Flacco wants extension now: 'I deserve it'

Posted by Will Brinson

Joe Flacco's in a pretty good situation, as the Ravens always have a strong defense, they've got a good running game, and they seem willing to go out and get him weapons in the receiving game. But, man, things are tense around Baltimore this offseason, and Flacco's recent comments about wanting an extension now -- rather than after 2011 -- shouldn't help much.

"I think I've established myself," Flacco told Jamison Henley of the Baltimore Sun during a Japanese relief charity event hosted by Haruki Nakamura on Saturday. "If you're not confident with who I am, I'm not sure what a year is going to make."

Flacco had similarly strong words for the Ravens when they decided to let his quarterback coach Jim Zorn go after the 2010 season, and now there's more reason to suspect that there's a bit of discord among the people in charge of running the Ravens' offense.

"Ideally for me, I would like to do something as soon as possible because I feel like I deserve it," Flacco said. "If you don’t feel like I'm going to be your quarterback for the next 10 years, what's one year going to make. I don't know what the deal is. We'll have to let this play out and see."

All of that speculation is completely pointless if Flacco can progress in 2011, his fourth year with the club.

"I would feel that after three years, you can make a decision on whether you want me to be your future quarterback or whether you don't. It's your decision," Flacco said. "I wish and hope they would do what they want me to do, which is stay here. Obviously, I want to stay here no matter what. I would want them to do something as early as possible."

Of course, the Ravens decide to "pull an Andy Reid" and draft a quarterback early in the upcoming NFL Draft. If they do that, there's plenty of questions about Flacco's future with the franchise that will be asked.

And though there's no real indication that the Ravens are interested in making such a move, their unwillingness to commit to Flacco until after the 2011 season gives everyone -- including Flacco -- reason to pause.

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:05 pm

Hot Routes 3.31.11: Lights, camera, action

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Larry Johnson, set to go on trial for allegedly spitting a drink on a woman at a bar in 2008, thinks he can’t get a fair jury trial in Kansas City. Any place, his attorney said, would be better than Kansas City.
  • Apparently, Ravens S Tom Zbikwoski isn’t the only Ravens player who can handle himself in a fight. Watch how Kelly Gregg (a three-time state wrestling champion in Oklahoma) and Arthur Jones (a two-time state titlist in New York) go after each other in this video. With Ray Lewis on the play-by-play.
  • Washington QB Jake Locker participated in his Pro Day on Wednesday and completed 38 of 40 attempts against the air (his only two misses came on 50-yard passes). But not everybody is convinced he’s going to be a star. Analyst Michael Lombardi thinks Locker is a project and wouldn’t draft him before the third round.
  • ESPN New York reports Giants C Shaun O’Hara underwent his second surgery of the offseason this week to clean out his left ankle and Achilles. Earlier this offseason, he had surgery on his right foot.
  • One of the more interesting storylines of the NFL draft will be about Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers, his balky knee and which team will take a chance on him. Some analysts are saying he’s off a couple teams’ draft boards completely because of failed physicals.

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Posted on: February 15, 2011 12:31 pm

Chiefs name Jim Zorn QBs coach

Posted by Will Brinson

Jim Zorn was named the quarterbacks coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced on Tuesday.

Zorn was let go by Baltimore a few weeks ago, a decision that prompted some heated comments from Ravens QB Joe Flacco.

"We are excited to finalize our coaching staff today with the addition of Jim Zorn," Todd Haley said in a statement released by the team. "As a former head coach with more than two decades of experience playing and coaching the quarterback position in the NFL, Jim has a tremendous working knowledge of the game, and he will play a big role in the continued development of our football team."

That means on the offensive coaching end of things, there's Haley, newly-elevated offensive coordinator Bill Muir and Zorn. That's an interesting combination, especially because there's been no public discussion about who will call the plays for Kansas City in 2011.

Zorn and Muir would seem -- in this situation -- to be more figurehead than anything else, unlike Charlie Weis in 2010, when the Chiefs offense really exploded.

However, Zorn's gotten good things out of his quarterbacks in Seattle, Washington and Baltimore, especially considering the limited time frame he had to work with those signal callers in the last two stops.

If he and Muir can effectively work to keep Haley's reported ego from taking over, and help Matt Cassel continue to progress, the Chiefs should be in good shape again next year.

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Posted on: January 29, 2011 4:35 pm

Flacco 'not happy' over Ravens firing Zorn

Posted by Will Brinson

On Thursday, the Ravens gave the boot to quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn. Since then, there's been plenty of chatter about whether or not there was drama creeping into the relationships within the Baltimore offensive staff.

Maybe there is, maybe there isn't. But's quite clear, based on his quotes Saturday, that Joe Flacco isn't pleased with the decision to send Zorn packing.

"I'm not happy about it and they know I'm not happy about it," Flacco said per Aaron Wilson of the County Carroll Times. "I don't think it was a good decision.

But not only did Flacco disagree with the decision, he also took it personally.

"I also feel like a little bit like I'm being attacked," Flacco said. "You fire the quarterback coach. Usually when your fire a position coach, it's because you're not really happy with how that position did. 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.

Pretty strong words from the Baltimore quarterback there, especially considering he's throwing his weight behind a coach who he only worked with for one season.

Particularly damning might have been Flacco saying that his "guess" is that Cam Cameron will take on "more of a role in the quarterback room." Perhaps it won't seem like that big of a deal down the road, but at the moment, it sure does seem like he's confused about the work his offensive coordinator's doing.

And that's something that will only become more problematic if the Ravens start slow in 2011, especially if it's on the offensive end.

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Posted on: January 29, 2011 3:33 pm

Hot Routes 1.29.11: Bill Murray's a big Bears fan

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • BlackBookMag has a superb and (potentially NSFW because of language) story about Bill Murray at the Chicago Bears NFC Championship game last Sunday. Basically, a Packers fan in Chicago was cheering for his team really loudly and got shoved in the back. He turned around to find Murray cackling at him and later saying some awkward stuff. It's par for the course for Murray, but thankfully there's picture proof.
Posted on: January 28, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 3:33 pm

Was there Jim Zorn drama in Baltimore?

Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Zorn (US Presswire)
For the second straight year, Jim Zorn finds himself looking for a new job. The Ravens fired their quarterback coach earlier this week, reportedly because of communication problems between Zorn and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

Jamison Hensley and Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun write, “One of the main reasons why the Ravens fired Zorn was his teaching methods, according to a league source. Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Cameron spent all day Tuesday questioning Zorn about how he was coaching quarterback Joe Flacco and were concerned about Zorn being insubordinate, the source added.”

Harbaugh disputed the report Friday, saying, “Jim’s departure from the Ravens will remain as private as these matters can be, but we feel it’s necessary to at least point out that this report is inaccurate. It is not true in any way, shape or form.”

Zorn’s West Coast background did not jive with Baltimore’s system, so this was a marriage that likely wouldn’t have lasted long anyway.

Zorn will find work again. One destination that makes sense is Cleveland, where his former colleague Mike Holmgren is president.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 2:38 pm

Hot Routes 1.28.11 Pro Bowl tidbits

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Amazing stat: the Packers have a chance to become the first team in 48 years to go an entire season without trailing by more than seven at any point.

Reggie Wayne took his fellow Colts wideouts with him to Hawaii

The Raiders have hired their former offensive lineman Steve Wisniewski as an assistant offensive line coach. In a press release announcing the move, Wisniewski, who wore the silver and black from 1989-2001, was referred to as a “Raider legend”.

Ken Whisenhunt confirmed what many have long speculated: he wants to interview assistants on both Super Bowl teams (mainly Steelers, we’ll assume) before choosing a new defensive coordinator. 

Tampa has reason to believe that its upcoming October bid for the 2015 Super Bowl will be successful. 

Packers personnel legend Ron Wolf offers praise for Ted Thompson.

Noted Chiefs fan Tony DiPardo passed away this week at the age of 98.

Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com believes the Eagles want to appoint Packers secondary coach Darren Perry to their defensive coordinator position. (That could explain why the job has remained vacant for nearly two weeks.)

Donovan McNabb will serve as a guest analysts for ESPN during Super Bowl week.

A suite for Super Bowl XLV costs $163,000 – and it’s on the 30-yard-line, no less!

It’s very likely the Bucs will look to draft a defensive end.

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