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Redskins Name Jim Zorn Head Coach

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WASHINGTON - Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback and quarterback coach Jim Zorn is the new head of the Washington Redskins.      

In a surprise tonight, the Redskins hired the 54-year-old Zorn as their coach, ending a monthlong search for a replacement for Joe Gibbs.      

In a team news release, Zorn said he always dreamed of being a head coach with a franchise rich in tradition like the Redskins.  The Redskins say Zorn agreed to a five-year contract. He will be introduced at a news conference at noon tomorrow.      

Zorn was the Seahawks' quarterbacks coach for the last seven years. He was a quarterback with the Seahawks from 1976 through 1984.  The Redskins hired him to be their offensive coordinator on Jan. 26 while continuing their search for a head coach.   Snyder and his advisers settled on Zorn after completing the last of their initial interviews, with New York Giants coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, this week. The owner had to wait until the Super Bowl was played to speak to Spagnuolo, who withdrew from consideration Thursday and signed a new three-year contract with the Giants.      

Zorn was one of many candidates interviewed by Snyder in a methodical, secretive process that began after Gibbs' resignation on Jan. 8 and included marathon interviews usually conducted at Snyder's home.      

Zorn becomes the sixth coach under Snyder, who bought the team in 1999, and he ends a string of high-profile coaching hires by an owner who had developed a reputation for hiring top names at a top price.      

 Zorn takes over a Redskins team that went 9-7 last season.