Jim Zorn was the first quarterback in Seattle Seahawks history. He started at the position from 1976 to 1983 before being demoted midway through the ’83 season to make room for Dave Krieg. Later he played with the Green Bay Packers, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and one game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring in 1987.
Zorn’s best season may have been in 1981, when he completed a career high 59.4 percent of his passes. While he threw more touchdowns in other years, he only had nine interceptions, making it the most efficient season he played.
Since retiring Zorn has bounced around the league as an assistant coach with several teams. From 1998 to 2000 he was the quarterbacks coach for the Detroit Lions before he returned to fill the same position with the Seahawks. His tutelage helped Matt Hasselbeck develop into a Pro Bowl quarterback. The Seahawks boasted the best offense in the NFL during this span and even earned a trip to the Super bowl in 2006.
For a brief moment Zorn was the head coach of the dysfunctional Washington Redskins organization. During his two years at the helm they went 12-20 and finished last in the NFC East both times. He was fired the day after the last game of the 2009 season.
In January 2011 Zorn was hired as the quarterbacks coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, where he is now helping Andy Reid mold Alex Smith and company into a championship contender.
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