Zorn: The Right Coordinator

The Bears are not looking for an offensive coach to institute a head coach's scheme.  They're looking for a coach to install an offensive identity.  Jensen - the new Brad Biggs at the Sun-Times - posits Jim Zorn as the right man for the job:

''Any quarterback who's willing to work would be a great fit for Jim
Zorn,'' said Matt Hasselbeck, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback for the
Seahawks who entered the league in 1998 on the Green Bay Packers'
practice squad. ''He's going to make you work. You can't think, 'Hey,
I'm going to have a wonderful offseason, sipping Mai Tais on South
Beach.'

''He's demanding. As a player, you sort of hate it while you're with
him. But at some point during the season, or late in the season, you
look back and say, 'Man, he made me a lot better.'''

I'm pretty disappointed in myself for not thinking this first.  Zorn is a perfect hire - aggressive and opinionated.  He'll disrupt the era of complacency currently happening down at Halas Hall. 

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  • 1st! 2 out of 3 ain't bad byitches. Yes I am basically in front of a computer 16-18 hours a day.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    And yes hire him. Opinionated and demanding? He won't fit in well which is exactly what I want. They aren't there to make friends. They are there to win football games. At least enough to be in the playoffs. Hassleback seems to love him. How will he do calling plays? Also heard Mike Shula thrown around.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I don't know how a guy who will be around for one season disrupts complacency. It was there in the time of Kreutz this year, it'll be there next year. Cutler hasn't really taken up the role of leader yet - Kreutz and Urlacher are in his way - but that'll happen after a few weeks of putting up video game numbers and a string of impressive wins. He did publicly call out Brandon Marshall for example ...

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    And I know this season isn't even over yet and teams are going to change players but

    In addition to their 6 division games:

    Home - New England, New York Jets, Phildelphia, Seattle, Washington.

    Away - Buffalo, Carolina, Dallas, Miami, NY Giants.

    So if we lose to NE, the Jets, Eagles, Dallas and Minn and GB once that would make us 10-6. We would have to beat Seattle, Washington, Detroit twice, Buffalo, Carolina, Miami, the Giants and Minn and GB once. Hmmm

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Is Zorn another west-coast/spread offense merchant ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Zorn is a West-Coast guy yes, but a more run-first and use the hell out of the TE West Coast as opposed to the pass first to set up the run that Walsh used in SF.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Hell, hire him in a minute if he'd accept. Anything to disrupt the status quo at Hallas Hall is a plus here. I really think Jay is willing to do the kind of work needed to learn from the guy. Zorm has enough credibility he could likely survive next year's housecleaning assuming the offense and QB performance improve.

    That last paragraph is tantalizing. How new and different would it be to have a guy who is good, "very, very good" at third downs and red zone offense?

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Zorn, Schmorn. Who cares anymore, just hire someone before the 2nd half of the draft already.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Why the hell has Al Saunders still not been mentioned as a realistic candidate? If Zorn was truly a savvy offensive mind his unit in Washington would not have been QUITE as atrocious as it was.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Didn't Washington strip him of his play-calling duties halfway through the season?

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Monte Kiffin for DC.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    So... say we get Zorn for an OC. DC is what going to go on for another month before they give the job to Marinelli. That would mean, our GM is simply awful and we have been wanting him gone for 3 years, our HC same story for the last two years, DC got ran out of town in Detroit for being horrible and did nothing for our Dline, and an OC who was ran out of town for being horrible just this season by the Skins. It seems like it would be a treasure trove of coaching talent to me....

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Congrats to Johnny Knox for making the probowl as a kick returner. http://www.nfl.com/probowl/story?id=09000d5d815f832a&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

  • In reply to dutsami:

    From NFL Network, the Bears 2010 Opponents.

    In addition to their 6 division games:

    Home - New England, NY Jets, Phildelphia, Seattle, Washington.

    Away - Buffalo, Carolina, Dallas, Miami, NY Giants.

    That is NINE games vs. 2009 playoff teams.

    Zorn might relish a crack at his former employer.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I applaud you for thinking of Zorn. He escaped my mind as well...I think people forget that he was a damn good QB coach and a good Offensive Coordinator.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Zorn will give the Bears a chance to score 6 or 7 points a game, I can't believe I didn't think of him either. I can't wait for next season to start. Yippee.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Very funny.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Y'know it wouldn't be a total surprise if they hired a high school coach ...

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Wow, we are really stretchin' here, huh boys? "Zorn is a perfect hire" Just give him a number and have him stand in line with the rest of the loser cast-off rejects that we have been denied by recently. I'm a little suprised at the numerous endorsements for Zorn on this thread. Is it just because Jeff suggested it (or backed up Jensen's suggestion)?

    Zorn has done some good things in his career in the past, but so have most NFL coaches, udder wise they wouldn't be there (except our coaching staff). It would be nice to see the Bears win over a candidate with a recent winning record and one that had a positive impact on thier previous team rather than assholes like 0-Rod Marinelli, Tice or Zorn, who was indeed stripped of play-calling duties (Shady) and lead his team to another losing season. I'll pass. I'm still holding out hope for a winner. I know it is a stretch because of the 1 and done situation Lovie is in and no one wants to step into that shit show. But these guys are all fuckin' losers.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    2 words - Michael Jordan.

    I won't give up on this. If nothing else, we could all walk away millionaires. You know the Gambler won't let us beat the spread.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I'm sold

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