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.

29 responses to “Zorn could leave the Chiefs

  1. “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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!

  9. 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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