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Zorn could leave the Chiefs

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Jim Zorn has had a rough few years.  Fired by the Redskins after being neutered via the hiring of “consultant” Sherm Lewis, who traded in bingo-calling for play-calling, and then fired after a year with the Ravens as quarterbacks coach, Zorn recently was passed over for a promotion to offensive coordinator in Kansas City after a year as quarterbacks coach.

And while the Chiefs weren’t willing to give Zorn permission to interview with the Bears for a lateral move, they now seem to be resigned to letting him walk away.

I hope that Jim stays,” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Tuesday, via the Kansas City Star.  “I know that any time you’re interviewed for the coordinator job, you have hopes of getting it, and it didn’t work out for him here at this time.  But I told Jim that I wanted him to stay and hoped that he would stay.  And I expect him to stay.  I don’t know what else might happen for him, but if nothing happens for him, then I expect him to be there.”

So where was that vibe last week, when Zorn had an opportunity to interview with the Bears?  Though he may not have gotten the job then, he definitely won’t get it now, given that the Bears have hired Jeremy Bates.

The Chiefs had every right to deny Zorn a chance to leave for anything other than a head-coaching job.  The fact that they’re now willing to let him go suggests that maybe they want him to go.  If, after all, he leaves for another job, he won’t be owed a buyout for the balance of his Chiefs contract.

Besides, new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll may want his own quarterbacks coach, instead of the guy who wanted the job that Daboll now has.

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29 Responses to “Zorn could leave the Chiefs”
  1. bhindenemylines says: Feb 8, 2012 1:33 PM

    Would anybody care if he did???

  2. jmsincla says: Feb 8, 2012 1:33 PM

    The Jason Campbell of coaches.

  3. touchdownsyndrome says: Feb 8, 2012 1:35 PM

    After all the money the Chiefs spent on exercise balls to throw at their QB’s and slip ‘N slides for sliding drills, I can’t imagine this going over well in KC.

  4. bigjdve says: Feb 8, 2012 1:41 PM

    This is a BS move by the Chiefs, they should’ve let him interview if they weren’t interested in him for OC.

  5. bbtls says: Feb 8, 2012 1:43 PM

    The Bucs probably have a spot for them. :^(

  6. tjjohnson98 says: Feb 8, 2012 1:44 PM

    “But I told Jim that I wanted him to stay and hoped that he would stay. And I expect him to stay.”

    I see what you mean… that clearly suggests that they want him to go.

  7. capslockkey says: Feb 8, 2012 1:48 PM

    He did such a great job with Cassel and Palko this year……

  8. 2sausage11 says: Feb 8, 2012 1:54 PM

    psssst the Bucs need somebody ah anybody for that matter

  9. totallydisgusted says: Feb 8, 2012 1:54 PM

    I feel bad for him. He can’t seem to catch a break

  10. burgandyandgoldfan says: Feb 8, 2012 2:01 PM

    Coach Zorn,

    Please come back to DC.

    We miss you. Things were much better when you were here.

    Sincerely,

    B&G Fan

  11. bigbeefyd says: Feb 8, 2012 2:01 PM

    totallydisgusted says:
    Feb 8, 2012 1:54 PM
    I feel bad for him. He can’t seem to catch a break
    *************************

    He also can’t seem to coach his way out of a wet paper sack.

  12. verticalface says: Feb 8, 2012 2:03 PM

    Back to Baltimore. Flacco misses you and we do too.

  13. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 8, 2012 2:04 PM

    This and other stories in the next issue of “Things Chiefs Fans approve of!”

  14. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 8, 2012 2:07 PM

    When I think of guys in high demand, I think of Jim Zorn.

  15. kylexitron says: Feb 8, 2012 2:19 PM

    Sucks for him.

    Lets not forget he was the QB coach for hasselbeck in seattle when they went to the superbowl and helped turn him from a 6th round draft pick to a QB who played in a few pro bowls.

    He wasn’t ready to be a head coach in my opinion when he took the washington job. However that doesn’t mean he’s nto any good at what he does.

    It’s bad enough that so many young teams and QB’s have to deal with knee-jerk coaching changes, but when your coordinators and staff are getting jerked around it’s even worse.

  16. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Feb 8, 2012 2:27 PM

    Is Steeler nation ready for a little Jimmy Z now that Haley is your OC? :P

    I bet Big Ben will love that!

  17. jrizzo575 says: Feb 8, 2012 2:39 PM

    ol’ Maroon and Black can’t seem to find a home.

  18. blainegabbert says: Feb 8, 2012 2:59 PM

    You know who could use another QB coach?? Me.

  19. tombradyswig says: Feb 8, 2012 3:16 PM

    bears job would be a nightmare gig anyway!!!

    cry baby cutler, NO THX!!

  20. jca6610 says: Feb 8, 2012 3:18 PM

    From everything one can read, it sounds like Daboll was the first choice all along. If Zorn really wasn’t ever in consideration for the OC job, then they really screwed him.

    I don’t think last year’s offensive debacle in KC was so much Zorn’s fault. Injuries aside, it seemed doomed from the start with all of the questions surrounding the play calling. It it Muir, Haley, Zorn, a combination of the three? Nobody seemed to know. Maybe that’s how Haley wanted it. I think Zorn has a lot of information to offer quarterbacks and can be a great resource for any team. If you deny him a chance at a promotion but don’t really want him yourself, that’s wrong

  21. irishnativeson says: Feb 8, 2012 3:26 PM

    I’d take Zorn’s numbers over Reich’s. Hell he actually played one game for Tampa and won it, welcome back Jim

  22. jutts says: Feb 8, 2012 4:05 PM

    Bates in Chicago has nothing to do with it. Bates is the QB coach. He is not what was considered for the Offensive /Passing coordinator. So , who knows what Zorn will do. But he might have a choice.

  23. d3murf says: Feb 8, 2012 4:08 PM

    Uhh Zorn should get back around a West coast offense. From the Ravens to the Chiefs – those offenses don’t suit his talents as well. He should get a look at being the QB coach for the Dolphins if they don’t have one yet. Being around these different offenses has broadened his spectrum though. Tampa Should most definitely look at him as well.

  24. ssgonesolo says: Feb 8, 2012 4:11 PM

    Sounds like a case of D.C. political blues all over again (don’t we have enough of this to go around this election year). Zorn is a good coach, but at some point you should listen to karma, perhaps the problem is me!! The solution: Get over your feelings and consider the young men you’re coaching. Just be patience and wait your time Jim. Have you forgotten- This was a crucial hire and although you were considered and are liked in KC- why give the keys to a man who’s unproven as a coordinated, makes no sense to me!!

  25. brenenostler says: Feb 8, 2012 4:22 PM

    People are always gonna judge him because of his time in Washington. By the way, he has the same head coaching record as Shanahan in DC.

  26. waltdawg says: Feb 8, 2012 4:58 PM

    Nicest, unsuccessful coach in the league…Good luck Jim….Go throw bouncy balls at your players.

  27. riverhorsey says: Feb 8, 2012 5:03 PM

    Zorn wants away from the Pink Panther Pioli, look for him to join up w Haley in Steel town.

  28. rayguyreturns says: Feb 8, 2012 7:23 PM

    Don’t worry Jim, you won’t be the last Brave to leave that burning teepee.

  29. kluuuuuuuuug says: Feb 9, 2012 10:53 AM

    This team has no idea what it’s doing. Time to pull the plug on Pioli. Guy is proving that all the “talent” that’s left NE has failed nearly everywhere else

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