What's New: Head Coach


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Formerly the Seattle Seahawks' quarterbacks coach, Zorn had never been a head coach or offensive coordinator in the NFL before the Redskins hired him to run the offense on Jan. 25. He was promoted to head coach on Feb. 9, making a huge jump after Snyder rejected the other candidates on his list to replace Gibbs.

Washington's sixth head coach under Snyder, Zorn spent seven seasons as quarterbacks coach for the Seahawks under Mike Holmgren. Seattle qualified for the playoffs the past five seasons and had one Super Bowl appearance during that span.

Zorn developed a reputation as an outstanding teacher while working with Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace in Seattle, as well as with rookie Charlie Batch when Zorn was with Detroit. The development of young quarterback Jason Campbell, beginning his second full season as a starter, is a top priority for the Redskins.

In the offseason and preseason, Zorn installed his version of the West Coast offense. He will be the primary play-caller.

Zorn's elevation to head coach adds his name to Holmgren's family tree of offensive minds who moved into the head coaching ranks, joining Andy Reid (directly from quarterbacks coach to Philadelphia Eagles head coach), Jon Gruden, Marty Mornhinweg and Steve Mariucci, among others.

-- Jason Reid


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