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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Jim Zorn prepares for return to FedEx Field

By James Walker

WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Want to know how to make a meaningless second preseason game interesting?

Have former Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn return to FedEx Field as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. Washington will host Baltimore and Zorn -- now the Ravens' quarterbacks coach -- in the second exhibition game for both teams.

Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn will have an unfamiliar view of FedEx Field Saturday.
Saturday will mark the first time Zorn coaches against his former organization since he was fired in January to make room for new Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.

"Well, I'm familiar with the stadium, that's for sure," Zorn said. "[I'm in] the other locker room, which is OK."

Zorn said he's not sure what type of reaction he will receive from Redskins fans. He was a lightning rod in Washington during his two seasons as head coach, where the Redskins were 12-20 in that span.

Towards the end of last season, it was a forgone conclusion that Washington would move in another direction. Still, Zorn braved through a tough situation and coached the team to the end of the season. He said he hasn't talked with Redskins owner Dan Snyder since he was fired but doesn't hold any grudges against the team.

The Ravens quickly hired Zorn several weeks later to tutor budding, third-year quarterback Joe Flacco.

"We're proud to have him here," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Zorn. "He's meant so much to our quarterbacks and to our team."

Zorn will enter FedEx Field this weekend on the opposing sideline. But Zorn hopes to become a better coach thanks to the rough times he went through in Washington.

"There's a lot of learning experiences," Zorn explained. "I've written a lot of things down. I've thought about a lot of things, and I've had some conversations with different people trying to get a feel for different issues. Some I wouldn't change, and some I wish I could've changed."