Rounding out their coaching staff, the Kansas City Chiefs have hired former Ravens quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn to serve in the same capacity just three weeks after being fired by Baltimore, the team announced Tuesday.
“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.”
Unlike many of the Kansas City’s previous staff additions, Zorn and Haley have no previous ties to one another. But while the two have never coached on the same sideline, the pair does seem to carry the same vision when it comes to directing effective quarterback play.
Zorn’s hiring signals a shift in staff structure as Zorn is the first Kansas City assistant to carry a “quarterbacks” title since Haley took over as head coach in 2009.
Solid hire for a team that will need Matt Cassel to take another step forward next season (whenever that may be) if the Chiefs are going to repeat as division champions.
After his Washington debacle and then being fired in Baltimore, Zorn isn’t seen in the most favorable light, but the man knows offense and — more importantly — how to nurture a young quarterback.
After the Ravens let Zorn go, QB Joe Flacco didn’t hide the fact that he wanted the team to keep his coach around. Unfortunately for Flacco, Zorn didn’t see eye-to-eye with OC Cam Cameron, ultimately giving the Chiefs a new mentor Matt Cassel.