Jim Zorn was fired today by the Baltimore Ravens after one year as the team’s quarterbacks coach. You may remember him from his previous role as the overmanned Washington Redskins head coach, or coaching stops at Seattle or Detroit, his college coaching days (including pre-Boise State Boise State), or his journeyman NFL career.
However you know Jim Zorn, you also know this: the Atlanta Falcons need a quarterbacks coach. Bill Musgrave has moved along, taking the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator job. While it would not be thrilling to take on a coach who’d just been fired from the same position, he is, in fact, a potential option. (Is “potential option” redundant? It seems redundant.)
The Ravens offense never got off the ground this season despite adding Anquan Boldin, but it’s hard to say how much of that can be pinned on Zorn. Ravens QB Joe Flacco had the best year of his career virtually across the board, posting career bests in yards per attempt, touchdowns, interceptions, and yards, and falling just a hair short of his personal best completion percentage.
Could Zorn be a scapegoat for Baltimore’s mediocre offense?