Matt Cassel, Meet New Kansas City Chiefs Quarterbacks Coach Jim Zorn
At a conference call with reporters during Super Bowl week, Todd Haley announced the promotion of offensive line coach Bill Muir to offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Then, Haley hinted that more moves were coming for the team that finished 10-6 last season.
Because Muir was an offensive line and running game guy, I hoped these changes would affect the quarterbacks coach.
Today, Jim Zorn became the new quarterbacks coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Zorn, a former player, became an NFL coach in 1997 with the Seattle Seahawks. Most will remember him as the Washington Redskins head coach in 2008 and 2009 when he went 12-20.
After being let go by Washington, Zorn made his way to Baltimore where he worked with Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Last season, Zorn guided QB Joe Flacco to the best season of his three-year NFL career.
Flacco passed for a career-high 3,622 yards and tossed 25 TDs. He also posted a 103.4 quarterback rating over Baltimore’s final 14 games to rank as the NFL’s second-best passer over that timeframe.
The Ravens parted ways with Zorn on January 27th of this year.
Zorn has had success coaching quarterbacks, and the Chiefs wanted someone who could be dedicated to working with QB Matt Cassel.
"We are excited to finalize our coaching staff today with the addition of Jim Zorn," Haley said. "As a former head coach with more than two decades of experience playing and coaching the quarterback position in the NFL, Jim has a tremendous working knowledge of the game, and he will play a big role in the continued development of our football team."
What I really like about this hire is that Zorn's time with Seattle, Washington and Baltimore has produced career seasons by each team's quarterback at some point under his tenure.
In 2007, Zorn coached Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck to a franchise-record 3,966 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and passer rating of 91.4.
In Washington, Zorn helped current Raiders QB Jason Campbell post the two best seasons of his five-year NFL career, throwing for a career-high 3,618 yards and a career-best 20 TDs in 2009.
During his tenure in Washington, Zorn described his coaching approach as "constant and consistent." Tell me this doesn’t sound like Todd Haley, who has said, "Be the same person everyday."
This is an exciting hire, and one that makes a lot of sense after Bill Muir. Zorn adds more head coaching experience to Kansas City’s staff, which can never be a bad thing.
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