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Originally published Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Seahawks | Zorn going to D.C., newspaper reports

As good a quarterback as Jim Zorn was for the Seahawks, he might be just as well-remembered for what he did as the team's quarterbacks coach...

Seattle Times staff reporter

As good a quarterback as Jim Zorn was for the Seahawks, he might be just as well-remembered for what he did as the team's quarterbacks coach.

Zorn worked with Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck from the start of Hasselbeck's tenure here in 2001, playing a huge role in turning Hasselbeck into a Pro Bowl player and bona fide leader of the team. And now Zorn is taking his talents across the country to the Washington Redskins to become offensive coordinator, according to The Washington Post and ESPN.

The Post, citing league sources, reported that Zorn has agreed to a three-year deal. Zorn was not at Seahawks headquarters in Kirkland on Friday and couldn't be reached for comment. The Seahawks wouldn't confirm whether Zorn had been hired away but the team hopes to have a statement from Zorn in the next few days.

Zorn met with Washington owner Daniel Snyder earlier this week, according to the Post, flying from Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala., to Snyder's home in the D.C. area.

Washington has yet to name a head coach since Joe Gibbs' retirement, though Jim Fassel heads the list of possible hires.

The Post reported that Zorn took the job with the expectation that Fassel, Washington defensive coordinator Gregg Williams or Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo would become head coach. But ESPN, citing team and league sources, reported Friday that Williams is no longer under consideration to become head coach.

Under Zorn, Hasselbeck has twice set the franchise record for season passing yards and owns the team mark for most completions in a season. Hasselbeck passed Zorn for second place in career passing yardage in November.

Zorn, the Seahawks' first starting quarterback, played nine seasons with Seattle (1976 to 1984) and was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor in 1991. Zorn was also the Detroit Lions' quarterbacks coach from 1998 to 2000.

Zorn was named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1976. The Whittier, Calif., native finished his career with 20,122 passing yards and 107 touchdown passes.

The Seahawks are also close to losing defensive special-projects coach Ray Rhodes to the Houston Texans, where he would be an assistant. Rhodes, whose contract expired at the end of the 2007 season, was Seattle's defensive coordinator from 2003 to 2005.

José Miguel Romero: 206-464-2409 or jromero@seattletimes.com

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