That was quick.
After just a year in Baltimore, Jim Zorn was fired as the Ravens’ quarterbacks coach today, according to reports.
Zorn and the Ravens didn’t seem to mesh in his one season in Baltimore.
Zorn is used to being a part of a West Coast offense featuring quick reads and short routes relying on timing, which contrasted with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s scheme which relied more on longer routes and forced a quarterback to stand in the pocket longer and go through his progressions.
A former NFL quarterback and head coach with the Redskins, Zorn was known for his quirky drills. He would throw Pilates balls at his quarterbacks to get them to focus with pressure coming at them, and brought out a Slip-‘n-Slide to teach his quarterbacks how to slide properly.
Word was Zorn never really fit in well with the rest of the coaching staff while in Baltimore.
Most importantly, while Joe Flacco made statistical improvements this season, the offense never seemed to hit its stride. They dropped from the 13th-ranked offense in 2009 to 22nd in 2010 and averaged over two points fewer this season than in ‘09.
Zorn was brought on last year to replace Hue Jackson, who left to join the Oakland Raiders. The QB coach hired to replace Zorn will represent the third in three years for the Ravens.
That’s obviously not ideal when you’re trying to develop a young quarterback.