Todd Haley finalized his staff by hiring Jim Zorn to serve as the Kansas City Chiefs QB coach, but it appears that his first option was another veteran coach: Chris Palmer.
The Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs offered assistant coaching jobs. Palmer, who spent 20 years in the NFL before becoming head coach/general manager of the UFL Colonials, turned down the opportunities.
When new Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak contacted Palmer, the conversation was different. Munchak said he needed an older, experienced quarterback guru to run his offense, preferably someone with head coaching experience.
Before coming to Hartford, Palmer was the quarterback coach of the Giants and was considered instrumental in Eli Manning’s development. The former University of New Haven coach was an assistant with the Oilers, Patriots, Jaguars, Texans and Cowboys before joining the Giants.
Like Zorn, Palmer has an impressive resume as an assistant coach in the NFL, but not so much as a head coach. Unlike Zorn, Palmer wasn’t going to leave the UFL until he was offered the ability to run an offense, not just to become a QB coach.
There have been some around Kansas City grumbling about Zorn, however I would take him over Palmer and pretty much any of the other realistic options mentioned the last month.