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The Zorn Supremecy

Feb 12, 2008, 12:32 AM EDT

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Jim Zorn is on the move again.

A couple of weeks ago, he made the move from Seattle to Washington when he was hired away from the Seahawks to be the Redskins’ offensive coordinator.

His next move won’t be very far in terms of distance—he’ll just be moving down the hall to a different, bigger office. But it’s a long way in terms of prestige and responsibility. He’ll be the next head coach of the Washington Redskins.

After they took Steve Spagnuolo to the airport to bid him farewell, nothing came out Redskins Park. None of the supposed leading candidates for the job were contacted. The phones of Jim Fassel, Ron Meeks, and Steve Mariucci sat silent. For the last few days, the Redskins’ coaching search, in the words of Chris Mortensen, had gone underground.

Actually, it had gone inside. Their man for the job already was working in the building. They talked Thursday and Friday and then Zorn went back to Seattle, where his family still is residing, to talk it over. He returned Saturday and the deal was done.

I’ve read a few articles about Zorn recently, and this passage from a Seattle PI article sums up what I’ve learned:

Zorn never has done things the traditional way, from his days as the Seahawks’ original quarterback to his rise through the coaching ranks to his current position as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

“There’s no question, Jim comes at things from a different perspective,” said a smiling Steve Largent, Zorn’s Hall of Fame teammate and favorite target from the franchise’s infancy and still his best friend.

“He thinks about things differently than a normal person does.”

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