Zach Orr
Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Outside linebackers coach
Personal information
Born: (1992-06-09) June 9, 1992 (age 29)
Loudoun County, Virginia
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)
College:North Texas
Undrafted:2014
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:162
Sacks:1.0
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Interceptions:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Zachary Orr (born June 9, 1992) is an American football coach and former linebacker who is outside linebackers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as an assistant coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 2017 to 2020.

Orr played college football at North Texas and signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He played for three seasons in the NFL.

Playing career

Baltimore Ravens

Orr was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2014.[1][2] He made the 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie and finished second on the team with 7 special teams tackles.

Orr began the 2016 season as the Ravens starting weak-side linebacker, and sealed a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3 with an interception in the waning seconds.[3] He started all 15 games he played in recording 132 tackles, five passes defended, three interceptions, and a forced fumble. He was placed on injured reserve on December 30, 2016, prior to the season finale.[4] He was named second-team All-Pro after the 2016 season.[5]

Orr announced his retirement from the NFL on January 20, 2017 due to a congenital neck/spine condition that ended his season.[6] On June 28, 2017, Orr announced on Good Morning Football that he would be coming out of retirement and return to football after receiving encouraging diagnoses about the congenital spinal condition. Orr was set to be a restricted free agent in 2017, but the Ravens never placed a tender on him since they assumed he would retire, therefore making Orr an unrestricted free agent.[7]

After visiting with six teams and talking with 11 others, no team would sign him due to his spinal condition and herniated disc. He officially announced his retirement for a second time on August 18, 2017.[8]

Coaching career

Baltimore Ravens

On January 31, 2017, Orr began his coaching career and was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as a defensive analyst under head coach John Harbaugh. This came 11 days after announcing his second retirement.[9]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On February 11, 2021, Orr was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars as their outside linebackers coach under head coach Urban Meyer.[10]

Personal life

Orr is the son of former Washington Redskins tight end Terry Orr. He has three brothers, all of whom have played college football: older brother Terrance, who played at Texas State, younger brother Nick, who played at TCU (and currently plays for the San Antonio Commanders in the Alliance of American Football) and youngest brother Chris, who currently plays for the Carolina Panthers.[11]

Orr was born with a rare spinal condition where his C-1 vertebrae, the one located at the top of his neck below his skull, was not fully developed. It was revealed that if Orr took a bad hit, the C-1 could explode and may result in death. This promptly forced Orr to retire from professional football after his third season, coming off a breakout season where he led the Ravens in tackles and earned second-team All-Pro in 2016.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Ravens Sign 17 Undrafted Free Agents". BaltimoreRavens.com. May 12, 2014. Archived from the original on August 7, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Chancellor And Orr Sign Free Agent Contracts With Chargers And Ravens
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap3000000709046/Zachary-Orr-secures-game-ending-INT-of-Blake-Bortles
  4. ^ Mink, Ryan (December 30, 2016). "Ravens Claim WR Vince Mayle Off Waivers". BaltimoreRavens.com. Archived from the original on December 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team". NFL.com. January 6, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Orr, Conor (January 20, 2017). "Zach Orr retires due to congenital neck/spine condition". NFL.com.
  7. ^ Garafolo, Mike (June 28, 2017). "Zach Orr considering a return to NFL after new health prognosis". NFL.com.
  8. ^ Sessler, Marc (August 18, 2017). "Zach Orr shuts down comeback attempt, retires again". NFL.com.
  9. ^ https://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/zachary-orr-officially-joining-ravens-coaching-and-personnel-staffs-19285278
  10. ^ Oehser, John (February 11, 2021). "Official: Cullen, defensive staff named". www.jaguars.com. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  11. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff (August 31, 2015). "Despite father's reluctance, Ravens LB Zachary Orr and brothers are busy football family". BaltimoreSun.com.
  12. ^ Orr, Zachary (August 18, 2017). "Always a Raven". PlayersTribune.com.