Former Seahawks Return to Seattle
“Wire-To-Wire, Breathing Fire.” Although this might sound like some sort of song lyric, it’s actually the phrase that pops up at the top of the Seattle Dragons’ website right above the announcement of their home opener vs. the Tampa Bay Vipers on February 15.
In 2018, Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment founded the Seattle Dragons, Seattle’s very own XFL team. The Dragons will host their home opener in just under two weeks at CenturyLink Field, the same stadium that the Seahawks call home. Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seahawks, voiced his support for the new team, stating that he was “hyped up” for the Dragons to join the Seattle sports scene.
Jim Zorn was named the head coach for the Dragons. Zorn played for the Seahawks as the starting quarterback for eight seasons. During his time as a Seahawk, Zorn became the first Seahawks quarterback with back-to-back 300-plus yard games. His favorite passing target was none other than Hall of Famer Steve Largent. Largent was inducted into the Seahawks “Ring of Honor” in 1989, and Zorn followed close behind, joining Largent in 1991.
His involvement with the Seahawks continued when he served as the quarterbacks coach for the team from 2001 to 2007 before getting hired as the Washington Redskins’ head coach. Zorn was promptly fired as the Redskins’ head coach after the 2009 season and was then picked up by the Baltimore Ravens as their quarterbacks coach. In 2011, Zorn began coaching for the Kansas City Chiefs, again in the quarterback coaching position. Zorn now comes back to Seattle, but this time as the coach and general manager of the Dragons.
B.J. Daniels is also a name not unfamiliar to Seattle. Similarly to Zorn, Daniels has history with Seattle and the Seahawks franchise. Daniels was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. He was then claimed off waivers in October of 2013 by the Seahawks. In 2015, Daniels played in six games with the Seahawks as a wide receiver. Daniels is listed as a quarterback on the Dragons’ roster. No less than six former Seahawks made the Dragons roster and have the chance to play in Seattle again.
The Dragons’ first game is Saturday, February 8 at the DC Defenders. Tune in at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on ABC to watch Zorn’s Seattle Dragons make their 2020 XFL debut.