Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 31, three days before Super Bowl XLVII.
Zorn looking for work north of the border
Jim Zorn, who popped into the news lately when it was revealed that Dan Snyder fired Vinny Cerrato because Cerrato let him hire Zorn to be the Redskins’ head coach, is looking for work.
He had been the quarterbacks coach of the Chiefs for the last two seasons but when Andy Reid was hired, Zorn was let go. And now he’s looking for another head coaching job north of the border.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Zorn has interviewed for the head coaching job of the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. That was the job vacated when Marc Trestman took the job as the head coach of the Chicago Bears.
Zorn posted a record of 12-20 as the Redskins’ head coach from 2008-2009. That is the only coaching experience he has above the position coach level. The Redskins originally hired him to be their offensive coordinator but they decided to make him the head coach later in the process.
The Chiefs ranked 25th and 32nd in passing offense in Zorn’s two years as their quarterbacks coach. It is difficult to pin all of the blame for that on Zorn. The quarterbacks he has had to work with were Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, Kyle Orton, and Brady Quinn.
It was 25 years ago today
The Redskins executed 15 minutes of perfection on this day 25 years ago.
It was the second quarter of Super Bowl XXII in San Diego. John Elway and the Broncos (with offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan) had taken a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. But they were ambushed by Doug Williams and a Redskins team executing Joe Gibbs’ offense even better than the legendary coach drew it up in the playbook.
In just 5:47 of possession time and 18 plays, the Redskins gained 357 yards and ran up the most points ever scored in one quarter of a postseason game. Timmy Smith gained 122 yards on the ground and Williams passed for 228 yards, 168 of them to Ricky Sanders.
Williams not only played the game of his life, he endured the silly questions that came with being the first black quarterback to play in a Super Bowl. Here’s my post on how what he endured with class and dignity blazed the trail for others.
In case you missed it
- 25 years ago, Doug Williams blazed a trail
- Danny Smith leaving for Pittsburgh
- Breakout 2013: Aldrick Robinson
- Ravens’ Pollard off base in predicting doom for NFL
- Josh Morgan honored by Redskins
Days until: NFL Combine 21; Start of 2013 league year 40; 2013 NFL draft 84