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Ravens let go of Jim Zorn

After three tumultuous years, Jim Zorn is ready to get  out of the Baltimore-Washington Metroplex.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Ravens “released” Zorn from his contract after one year as their quarterbacks coach.   (That’s a nice way of saying he was fired.)

“It was not a fit on either side” according to Schefter.

Zorn, who jumped to the Ravens after two years as the head coach with the Redskins, is expected to draw interest elsewhere immediately.  His history with Mike Holmgren could make Zorn a natural fit in Cleveland.

There were rumblings in Baltimore that Zorn and Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had difficulty co-existing.  There seemed to be communication issues between Zorn, Cameron, and Joe Flacco.

UPDATE: The firing came after a seven-hour meeting between Zorn, Cameron, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh in which they questioned Flacco’s development this year, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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35 Responses to “Ravens let go of Jim Zorn”
  1. FinFan68 says: Jan 27, 2011 5:01 PM

    Would have been better in Miami than Daboll

  2. tryingmybest2 says: Jan 27, 2011 5:04 PM

    How it is his fault? The Steelers make all opposing quarterbacks look “unimproved.”

  3. emmac13 says: Jan 27, 2011 5:07 PM

    He will be wearing brown and orange next season.

  4. Deb says: Jan 27, 2011 5:08 PM

    That’s too bad because I’ve always heard Zorn is a good QB coach. Maybe Cameron should have backed off and let him do his job. Sounds like instead he’s letting Zorn take the bullet for problems with the offensive play-calling. Hope this sits well with Flacco. Still think he’s a better QB than a lot of fans give him credit for being. He’s not to blame for Boldin and Housh dropping on-the-money passes in the championship game.

  5. knowerofallthings says: Jan 27, 2011 5:09 PM

    he didn’t do anything but get in the way. he’ll have a much beter shot on another team

  6. zar21 says: Jan 27, 2011 5:10 PM

    Zorn made Joe Flacco a lot better this year, the ravens are just taking the lose out on him. He will be a great coach somewhere else and i can tell you as a redskins fan THIS GUY IS WAY BETTER THAN MIKE SHANAHAN!

  7. smellmyface says: Jan 27, 2011 5:11 PM

    Think they are laying a little to much blame in Zorn. Mabye they just dont have that elite QB they thought they did.

  8. lamonica3 says: Jan 27, 2011 5:11 PM

    From the linked article: “In his only season as the Ravens quarterbacks coach, Zorn was known for his quirky drills. Compared to 2009, Flacco’s touchdowns (25) and quarterback rating (93.6) increased this year, his interceptions (10) decreased and his passing yards (3,622) remained essentially the same.” Why was he fired?

  9. cornellsteelers says: Jan 27, 2011 5:14 PM

    I feel like Zorn kind of got a raw deal. I mean, it’s hard to be an effective coach when you have so little talent to work with.

  10. trickbunny says: Jan 27, 2011 5:14 PM

    emmac13 says:
    Jan 27, 2011 5:07 PM

    He will be wearing brown and orange next season.

    As a Browns fan, that’s what I’m afraid of.

  11. tryingmybest2 says: Jan 27, 2011 5:15 PM

    He wasn’t released!! Jim Zorn merely agreed to involuntarily reduce his pay to $1 in the event of a lockout.

    Nothing to see here…

  12. spartanax says: Jan 27, 2011 5:16 PM

    Mr. Holmgren. This is a gift to your fruitless O.C. search. Go get him NOW.

  13. aberystwyth2 says: Jan 27, 2011 5:27 PM

    Hello KC Offensive coordinator

  14. bucks12965 says: Jan 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    perhaps they should have fired the receivers coach instead.

  15. docredskin says: Jan 27, 2011 5:40 PM

    zar21 says:
    Jan 27, 2011 5:10 PM
    Zorn made Joe Flacco a lot better this year, the ravens are just taking the lose out on him. He will be a great coach somewhere else and i can tell you as a redskins fan THIS GUY IS WAY BETTER THAN MIKE SHANAHAN!

    You’ve lost your mind. Vince Lombardi couldn’t have won the Big East with this year’s roster, so Shanahan did well to win six games. Zorn is a good guy who’s in over his head as anything but a QB coach. The Ravens are too busy trying to keep murderers in their employ (Stallworth, Ray Lewis) to see tha Cam Cameron was to blame.

  16. brewcityitalian says: Jan 27, 2011 5:43 PM

    if the ravens had a WR that could stretch the field it would sure help

    They got zero in regards to a deep threat

    Donte Stallworth don’t count

  17. Mike Tomlin says: Jan 27, 2011 5:50 PM

    I could have sworn I read a couple weeks ago that Flacco was “pretty darn good” and “coming into his own” as an “elite qb” who will “only get better.”

    I said it then and Ill say it again, Flacco will not be an elite QB no matter how much talent and coaching you surround him with.

  18. stairwayto7 says: Jan 27, 2011 5:50 PM

    Flacco is who Flacco is..average! Ravens have old and slow WR and only threat is Ray Rice.

  19. hokiez says: Jan 27, 2011 5:53 PM

    Are the Seahawks still looking for a QB coack. Hasselbeck was a elite QB with Zorn as QB coach.

  20. halftermguv says: Jan 27, 2011 5:53 PM

    As a Steelers fan I have yet to understand the overblown response to the divisional round loss. Flacco improved this year and it was his receivers not him who were at fault for the lack of production in the second half.

    As for the numerous callers into the Baltimore radio stations calling for Flacco’s head…you are nuts. You got a third year QB whose getting better every year.

  21. stilllovemybungles says: Jan 27, 2011 5:55 PM

    Maybe Flacco just SUCKS!

  22. smootysmoot says: Jan 27, 2011 5:57 PM

    Great Guy, bad Coach!

  23. geezohman says: Jan 27, 2011 6:06 PM

    one person posts he did ‘crazy’ drills… You’re in the North division with the toughest defense around, you better put the QB through alot !

    the other post says Flacco had more TDs and less interceptions.. sounds good to me..

    another post says due to new CBA,.. so what gives..

    and as far as Cleveland… he’ll fit right in, a no name HC, a loser DC and a VP with one SB in 17 years…

    two more easy wins for Pittsburgh…
    how you doing Cincinnati? Will we see the fight match between Lewis and Ocho (cage has been donated !) I think that would be cool.

  24. thetooloftools says: Jan 27, 2011 6:07 PM

    Yea, and if they beat Pittsburgh and the Jets Zorn is a new guru.

  25. thesixthcity says: Jan 27, 2011 6:10 PM

    Seeing him on the Browns sideline next year will be huge. He knows the X’s and O’s of offense. The Ravens are fools for letting him go. Cam’s wanting to run everything mentality will be the start of the “Rat Birds” demise.

  26. gridassassin says: Jan 27, 2011 6:12 PM

    If anything they should have fired the WR Coach. Anquan Boldin and TJ WhosGotSkilletHands had VERY catchable balls late in that Steelers game, but didn’t catch them.

    I guess Flacco needs to take a page out of Brad Johnson’s playbook by throwing and catching a TD pass to himself on the same play.

  27. parasonic says: Jan 27, 2011 6:19 PM


  28. mataug says: Jan 27, 2011 6:42 PM

    Zorn is way too nice. Have you ever seen him speak ? Will he ever learn the fact that the world is full of back stabbers ?

  29. slickzmoney says: Jan 27, 2011 6:46 PM

    As skins fan at first i liked him and thought he was quirky genius type but later realized he’s more of befuddled weirdo.

  30. upperdecker19 says: Jan 27, 2011 6:50 PM

    Zorny, forward that resume to Bud Adams ASAP

  31. bebopa says: Jan 27, 2011 7:05 PM

    another castoff with Cleveland Browns written all over him.

  32. jc1958coo says: Jan 27, 2011 7:16 PM

    why wait this long to make a decision! something doesn’t smell right, and it’s baltimore city!

  33. cmich2006 says: Jan 27, 2011 7:27 PM

    Fire Ozzie instead for drafting crap at WR and having to sign aging, over rated receivers

  34. superhawk12 says: Jan 27, 2011 7:29 PM

    Alright, now Seattle can bring him back as QB Coach.

  35. FinFan68 says: Jan 27, 2011 10:37 PM

    I bet that 7 hr meeting included a conversation similar to this one:

    Cameron: Jim, you should have made Flacco better.

    Zorn: I did; look at the stats and try again.

    Cameron: We had higher expectations due to your past experience as a head coach

    Zorn: I thought the receivers you recruited wouldn’t drop the ball at crunch time, and I had higher expectations of the play calling.

    Cameron: You were a poor head coach and we shouldn’t have placed that much faith in your abilities.

    Zorn: My team didn’t go 1-15 like yours did.

    Cameron: Get out!

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