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Seattle Is Missing Zorn

Miss you!!!! (By Elaine Thompson - AP)

Steve Kelley's column in the Seattle Times this morning, which muses about how the Seahawks missed the boat by letting Jim Zorn go, might be the most positive thing that's yet been written about the Z Man. To start 4-1 is one thing, but to be the subject of "we miss you!!!!!" hosannas is something else entirely. Kelly writes:

Last year Zorn was the Seahawks' quarterbacks coach. He was Matt Hasselbeck's muse, a bundle of kinetic energy and sound coaching principles. After seven seasons as a Seahawks assistant, he was ready to become a head coach. And it could have happened here.

Instead, Zorn, a Washington outsider, has become the ultimate Beltway insider. He has won the hearts and minds of fans there, not an easy task....

Losing makes a town feel whimsical. And no city in America feels more pain and knows more about losing in 2008 than Seattle. And now losing Zorn hurts as much as losing games.

Hey, D.C. gave you Bill Lazor. I mean, fair trade, right? But jeez, that's some serious "what might have been" angst. You can still watch him on TV, if it makes you feel better, or unrestricted on this fine Web site. Seahawks fans, what say you?

Jim Zorn is an inspirational, creative coach. No one should be surprised at his success. The Hawks were nuts to shoo him out the door.

Hmmm. More?

he is an awesome coach we shoulda made him head coach and fired holmgren and mora, look what he's doin for the redskins.

For the record, the Seattle media was entirely supportive of Zorn when he left--both as a player and as a guy--but there was no hint that the franchise had made a massive mistake. Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer praised the hiring, but was extremely cautious:

At the end of Snyder's blooper-reel coaching search (picture a blindfolded rich man violently swinging at a pinata), Zorn was granted a promotion before he even started work....Zorn signed a five-year, $15 million contract, but there are predictions that he will last only a year in Washington. Here's hoping Zorn defies those low expectations.

In The Times's list of 10 Big Questions before the season, the coaching changes were listed sixth, and Zorn's departure was listed after the departure of receivers coach Nolan Cromwell. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer did a story in June on Lazor's arrival and Zorn's departure. "What's the biggest difference between the two?" the paper asked. "Bill is younger, maybe," Matt Hasselbeck cracked to the paper.

Or how about Art Thiel's P-I column from February, which began like this:

Many of us privileged to have known and enjoyed Jim Zorn in Seattle, whether as a player, coach or all-around excellent human being, shared a shudder and a single word when we heard he was unexpectedly appointed to a new job.


Not that we didn't wish him the best. To have $15 million guaranteed over the next five years means generations of Zornites will never go hungry. And to have reached the pinnacle of the profession while having sold his soul to no one but his God, well, its' a restoration of faith in humanity and divinity.

But. Working for Daniel Snyder, one of the worst owners in pro sports? For the Washington Redskins, the most highly valued franchise in American pro sports? In a ruthless fan and media market that has seen three Super Bowl champions and expected 12 more? In a job whose complications and subtleties he has never known in his 54 years? Ohjeezno.

Which is not to say he can't succeed. And if he does, no one will be more thrilled than me to repudiate my own skepticism. But the odds oh, the odds.

The end of that column is especially mint, with Thiel wonderfully describing Zorn like this: "as sincere as the wag in a puppy's tail."

"Will that work in the NFL?" Thiel asks. "What can be said for sure is that everyone who knows him in this corner of the world is pulling for Jim Zorn. But as is often the case when people go starry-eyed to the wrong Washington, bad things happen."

Well. Sometimes, I guess.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 8, 2008; 1:49 PM ET
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"In a ruthless fan and media market that has seen three Super Bowl champions and expected 12 more?"

LMAO, he hit the nail on the head w/that one!

Posted by: Bigs | October 8, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm horny for Zorny.

Posted by: Get to Da Choppa | October 8, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Its not delivery, its DiZorno!

Posted by: Get to Da Choppa | October 8, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Snyder is not the best owner in the world but there are worse in the NFL. Oakland comes to mind, Cinci

Posted by: Alex35332 | October 8, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Alex: Amen, brother.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Crap, forgot registration only applied to the RI blog and posted as anon. Oh, the shame....

Still, Amen Alex, Amen.

Posted by: AppleScience | October 8, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

As opposed to, say, "in a tepid fan and media market that has seen zero Super Bowl champions and will for the next generation be whining about the officiating in the one Super Bowl they attended."

Ohjeezno, indeed.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 8, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Nate, you tell 'em. Bloody Seahawks fans. Nothing makes me happier than watching the 'Skins win, and the Cowboys and Seahawks lose.

Posted by: P Diddy | October 8, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

HAHA, "It's not delivery, it's DiZorno!!"

Get to Da Choppa, that was amazing!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

All of you same people who are praising coach Zorn now, wil be the same ones who will want him run out of town when the loase a couple in a row.

Posted by: Skip in VA | October 8, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I will not be one bit surprised if in about 4 years Jim is back in Seattle as head coach of the Seahawks. At that point he will be pushing 60 years old and would love the opportunity to end his career with the Seahawks I'm sure. I know if he has the opportunity at some point in the future he will do it in a heart beat.

The truth is Jim loves Seattle and he always will. Seattle and the Pacific Northwest is home for him. And it will be again whether it is to coach the Seahawks one day or when he decides to retire from football. He has spent over half of his adult life in Seattle. His wife grew up there and most of his kids were born there as well. He spent 17 years in the Seattle Seahawks organization as a player and a coach. He is loved and respected by many in Seattle.

He is doing well in DC. But this is part of his journey. Seattle is home. And it always be.

Posted by: afreindofzorn | October 8, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, Snyder has done some bonehead things, but to call him the worst owner in the NFL? No, not even close.

The great thing about Dan Snyder is that he is first and foremost a fan! He grew up in a middle class DC suburban neighborhood, watching the Redskins on TV, just like so many of us did. And, now as the owner, he desperately wants his all-time boyhood favorite team to be winners!

Ya gotta love that, I think.

Posted by: SkinsfaninNebraska | October 8, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"The great thing about Dan Snyder is that he is first and foremost a fan!"

I respectfully disagree. The WORST thing about Dan Snyder is that he is a fan. And like any fan, he believes he knows everything there is to know about managing a football team.

So instead of hiring competent people to handle the the football side of things, The Danny has consistently intermeddled with his subordinates. He collects players like a kid might collect football cards--more for their sentimental value than their demonstrated ability to produce results.

If The Danny were really that much of a fan, maybe he might think of making it a bit easier for the likes of me to actually see a 'skins game in person once in a while. Ticket prices being what they are, I have had to content myself with following the team on TV and radio.

[Does anybody else feel that having anyone but Frank Herzog on the radio for the 'skins sounds wrong? Larry Michael has been doing the call for a while now, and his voice still gets on my nerves. I miss Frank Herzog's comforting "Redskins, offset-I formation, driving right to left across your radio dial . . . "]

The Danny's enthusiasm (on display after the last win over Dallas) has a downside, too--- he has often seemed mercurial, even petulant. There's simply no way of knowing what he will do at any given moment.

Posted by: ouij | October 9, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

to ouij

1. dont tear down your own argument
2. its a busness. he's getting sellouts at every game.
3. he's devoted to making the team win #1, he may have made some mistakes but it looks like he has learned. look at the "Big names" he's signed the past two years.

Posted by: poop | October 9, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

We'll see. There hasn't yet been anything this season to irk The Danny. Soon enough, we will see his capriciousness re-emerge.

Posted by: ouij | October 9, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: LoversSupreme! | October 10, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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