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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | December 3, 2008
Jim Zorn and John Harbaugh had a lot in common early in their rookie seasons as NFL head coaches in Washington and Baltimore. Both were somewhat surprising choices to lead the respective franchises. Neither had been an offensive or defensive coordinator in the NFL, although Zorn was originally hired by the Redskins to be their offensive coordinator. Both came to veteran teams set in their ways and had to change the culture that existed under predecessors Joe Gibbs and Brian Billick. Both had young quarterbacks learning new offenses.
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By Mike Jones The Washington Post | January 1, 2012
— In a performance befitting their dismal, error- and injury-filled campaign, the Washington Redskins stumbled their way through a 34-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in their final game of the season Sunday. Rex Grossman kept team and individual turnover streaks intact with his 20th interception of the season. Poor tackling and breakdowns in pass coverage led to big scoring plays for the Eagles (8-8). Ineffective red zone play and penalties kept the Redskins from scoring themselves.
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By BILL ORDINE | January 29, 2008
Whatever the Washington Redskins had accomplished in rebuilding their franchise under Joe Gibbs, well, it's just about all undone. Daniel Snyder is firmly back in charge. Any continuity from the team's late-season playoff run was shattered with the resignation of Gibbs and the equally surprising firing of coordinators Gregg Williams (defense) and Al Saunders (offense). The coaching search has been weird from the beginning.
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By Matt Vensel | October 13, 2011
The Ravens' love of cornhole has been well-documented since defensive end Cory Redding introduced the popular picnic and tailgate game to the locker room last season. The first-place Ravens have kicked it up a notch this fall by creating an official Ravens cornhole league Twitter account and getting T-shirts made . According to the Twitter account , punter Sam Koch is the reigning champ after beating Michael Oher last month. This week it was revealed that the Ravens aren't the only NFL team tossing bean bags around its locker room.
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By Jason Reid and Jason Reid,The Washington Post | October 24, 2009
ASHBURN, Va. - -After learning that he could become paralyzed if he continued to play football, Washington Redskins Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels has told people in the organization that he will sit out the remainder of the season and plans to retire. Samuels, who suffered a serious neck injury about two weeks ago against the Carolina Panthers, reached his decisions after consulting with specialists, several of whom warned him about the possibility of no longer being able to walk if he attempted to prolong his career, NFL sources said.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | December 9, 2008
At first, I blamed my deeply discounted flat-screen TV. Then, I cursed my geriatric eyes. But no, independent analysis Sunday night confirmed that Ravens coach John Harbaugh and his staff were decked out in lavender jackets. Not deep, royal Ravens purple, a perfect complement to the rich, menacing Ravens black - colors that say "football" in these parts. Nope, lavender. As in "lavender blue, dilly dilly," a stupid lyric they made us learn in grade school that never made sense until I saw the Ravens' brain trust looking like a fan club for Tinky Winky Teletubby.
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By Rick Maese and Jason Reid and Rick Maese and Jason Reid,The Washington Post | October 24, 2009
ASHBURN, Va. - -As Redskins players filed into the locker room after Friday's practice, most hadn't heard that executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato had stated publicly that Jim Zorn would finish out the season as Washington's coach. Told of the news, linebacker London Fletcher smiled and pumped his first. "Wow," he said. "Finally some good news around here." It has been a difficult few weeks for the Redskins, the team's struggles on the field intimately tied to the uncertainty off it. But in assuring Zorn that he would have his job for at least the remainder of the season, the front office has sought to stabilize a team that was awash in confusion and drama.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2011
According to a league source, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron spent all day Tuesday questioning quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn about his teaching methods with Joe Flacco and were concerned about Zorn being insubordinate. Zorn was fired by the Ravens on Thursday. Harbaugh disputed that report, saying it is "inaccurate and unfair to Jim Zorn" and "in no way does it describe Jim's relationship with the Ravens, and that includes with his fellow coaches while here and our players.
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By Sports Digest | January 4, 2010
The Washington Redskins plan to fire coach Jim Zorn today, an official within the NFL told the Associated Press. The Redskins planned to make the move on the day after the end of a disappointing regular season. Washington struggled early despite a weak schedule and finished 4-12 after losing, 23-20, in Sunday's finale against the San Diego Chargers. The official spoke to the AP on Sunday on the condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made. "I would not even comment on that," Zorn said after the game.
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By Rick Maese and Rick Maese,The Washington Post | July 28, 2009
WASHINGTON - - During his first full offseason as a head coach, Jim Zorn spent some time in Seattle. He visited Harpers Ferry, W.Va. He read Jeffrey Archer's latest book, plus some Daniel Silva and a recent tome on Lincoln's ideology. All the while, his thoughts never drifted far from the task before him: returning the Washington Redskins to prominence. "Even when I'm on vacation, I'm paying attention to what we need to be doing as an organization," Zorn said. "So by this point, I'm completely ready to go."
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By Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star | August 4, 2011
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — While instructing the Chiefs quarterbacks, Jim Zorn ducked and dipped his shoulders, shifted his hips, pump-faked the football and nimbly moved his feet. It was just as he did in his days as a scrambling passer for the expansion Seattle Seahawks. And just as he was depicted in a poster on the bedroom wall of a young Todd Haley. "I thought he was a cool lefty who played hard and looked cool in the new-fangled Seattle uniform …" Haley said admiringly of Zorn, the Chiefs' new quarterbacks coach.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2011
If the Ravens pick Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski in April, it will come 29 years after his father was drafted by Baltimore. Of course, in 1982, it was the Baltimore Colts who chose nose tackle Leo Wisniewski in the second round. Wisniewski played in Baltimore two years before relocating with the team to Indianapolis in 1984. That was his final season in a career shortened by knee injuries. "He doesn't talk about playing in the NFL much," Stefen Wisniewski said Friday.
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Mike Preston | January 31, 2011
The Ravens are acting as if they finished 5-13 instead of 13-5. They've fired offensive line coach John Matsko. They've fired quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn. They've made head coach John Harbaugh more accountable by asking him to be more involved in the offense. Maybe these turn out to be great moves, but the central figure to the problems of a year ago has gone unscathed, and that's offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. How is he going to fix this mess? The firings of Matsko and Zorn are mere Band-Aids to what this offense needs, which is either a change in philosophy, or schemes.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2011
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is angry about last week's firing of Jim Zorn and is taking the release of the quarterbacks coach personally. During an interview Saturday, the usually mild-mannered Flacco vehemently defended Zorn's coaching and expressed disappointment that the organization didn't take his opinion into account. Flacco voiced his support of Zorn to owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh after the season and left those conversations believing Zorn's job was safe.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2011
According to a league source, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron spent all day Tuesday questioning quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn about his teaching methods with Joe Flacco and were concerned about Zorn being insubordinate. Zorn was fired by the Ravens on Thursday. Harbaugh disputed that report, saying it is "inaccurate and unfair to Jim Zorn" and "in no way does it describe Jim's relationship with the Ravens, and that includes with his fellow coaches while here and our players.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2011
The Ravens fired quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn on Thursday and immediately expanded offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's responsibilities with quarterbacks. Zorn's release came after a seven-hour meeting this week with Cameron and coach John Harbaugh in which they questioned him about Joe Flacco's development this season, a league source said. Instead of hiring a new quarterbacks coach, Harbaugh decided that Cameron will have more hands-on duties with the quarterbacks. "We've talked about this since the end of the season, and we believe this will help improve our offense," Harbaugh said.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | November 30, 2008
The Cowboys are chasing a wild-card berth because they lost QB Tony Romo for three games to a broken finger. But if they miss the playoffs altogether, it'll probably be because of their December tradition of folding. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram pointed out last week that the Cowboys are 18-36 after Nov. 30, including five straight playoff losses, over the past 11 seasons. They haven't won a playoff game since 1996. Their cakewalk over the Seahawks on Thanksgiving Day notwithstanding, the Cowboys have their work cut out if they're going to avoid another December swoon.
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By From Sun news services | November 22, 2009
The argument could be made that the Washington Redskins are playing better than any other team in the NFC East right now. Yes, those 3-6 Redskins without Clinton Portis . Better even than the division-leading Dallas Cowboys, who they play today in Arlington, Texas, in the 99th game of their bitter rivalry. Simply put, the last-place Redskins are the only NFC East team that won its last game. Could it be the sign of a turnaround toward a late-season surge? "I just sense that we won one game; we won our third game of the season.
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Mike Preston | January 20, 2011
Despite an impressive showing in 2010, the Ravens are back where they were a year ago. At the annual state of the Ravens dog and pony show Thursday in Owings Mills, the major players in the Ravens front office staff were basically asked the same questions as last season. Will the Ravens sign a big, vertical threat at wide receiver? Is Joe Flacco the quarterback of the future? What happened to the passing game? Can the Ravens beat Pittsburgh (last year, it was the Colts) in a big game in the postseason?
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2010
Traveling into Redskins country is nothing new to Ravens quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn, who still lives in Northern Virginia. His trip down the parkway will be different Saturday because the Ravens continue their preseason schedule at Washington's FedEx Field, Zorn's personal house of horrors last year. This marks the first time Zorn will face the Redskins since he was coldly fired seven months ago. Zorn, 57, still gets paid by the Redskins (he's owed $2.4 million this season)
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