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January 23, 2008 1:37 PM

Is Matt's guru on the way out?

Posted by Jose Romero

That's a strong possibility, according to Jason LaCanfora of the Washington Post. He writes that Seahawks quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn, the man behind the scenes in making Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck a Pro Bowler and one of the NFL's best, is in Washington D.C. interviewing for the Redskins' offensive coordinator position.

Washington lost to the Seahawks in an NFC wild card playoff game earlier this month. Head coach Joe Gibbs retired, and it appears offensive coordinator Al Saunders is in danger of losing his job.

If Zorn leaves, Seattle will be left with three offensive coaching staff vacancies -- offensive line, quarterbacks and offensive quality control.

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Posted by salemdawg

2:49 PM, Jan 23, 2008

That would suck. But he's in a dead-end job here as long as MH is the head coach. I wonder if Allen/Ruskell could give him a little incentive to return if he would be guaranteed the OC job with Seattle next year...

Posted by mike

3:04 PM, Jan 23, 2008

Haven't heard many people talk about Zorn as a coach. How is he? Is he ready to be OC?

Posted by Dude

3:15 PM, Jan 23, 2008

Hopefully Zorn stays. Good chemistry with Matt and when Mora takes the reigns 09 there will be opportunity for a different role.

Posted by JR

4:30 PM, Jan 23, 2008

I would hate to see JZ go. Seems the Hawks let it be known that Mora would he Head Coach, I'm with the other posters, what about JZ for OC? Danny, what have you heard?

Posted by free beer ar Owest

7:05 PM, Jan 23, 2008

Everybody on the Huskies blog has been talking Mora for head coach for the Huskies, I thought Zorn, may have been worth a look, still do..

Posted by Keith C

7:57 PM, Jan 23, 2008

I don't know the man, but I really think it is his duty to stay. Matt loves him, learned a ton from him, and it is in a away seattle's last shot at the superbowl with the current everything. Who knows how long Hasselbeck will be a starter in the future, unless he ends up like Favre. But hasselbeck seems to get hurt a lot more than Favre ever did.

Posted by good ol' george

8:36 PM, Jan 23, 2008

It doesn't matter who the offensive coordinator or head coach is for the Redskins. As long as Dan Snyder is running the team, they will not be good enough to please or placate him.

Posted by salemdawg

12:02 AM, Jan 24, 2008

It's Jim's "duty" to stay? Did you actually say that? Wow.

Isn't it Jim's "duty" to take care of himself and his family and to climb the coaching ladder as high as he can?

I don't think it's his "duty" to remain a QB coach if there's a chance to run an offense.

Posted by Everett fan

7:03 AM, Jan 24, 2008

I'm not so sure Jim Zorn deserves all the credit for Matt's development - wasn't Mike instrumental in Montana's in SF, and Farve's while at GB? Maybe Zorn is quite useful, maybe he's replaceable; I don't know. However, it seems that the Seahawks possiblity of surging into the SB next time would be a stronger stepping stone for coaching staff members to move up elsewhere after the coming season.

Posted by Keith C

11:13 AM, Jan 24, 2008

Come on...Zorn has been here before, and he's here now. Matt loves him. You always hear about Matt's footwork, he credits Jim with that. I don't see why the hawks wouldn't try to keep him around for Mike's last season. They should keep all key pieces. Jim is a part of Matt. Matt is coming off his best season.

It isn't his "duty" to stay, but he should want to stay, in my opinion.

Posted by Ken Brown

11:30 AM, Jan 24, 2008

He needs to stay and become the Offensive coordinator when Holmgren leaves.

Posted by nem

2:10 PM, Jan 24, 2008

Z man has to be given credit for Matt Hass and his development. Does anyone remember matt when he got here? Thank you. He is much better now and he gives credit to Z. He also has a ton of experience in college and pro. Player coach, and he designs the offense pass schemes every week. The only part of our offense that has gotten us down the field. Right on z man, move up the ladder and come back as a head coach in 3 years!!

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