SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn talks with Matt Cassel #7 during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
"I've always admired Romeo from afar when he was in Cleveland working hard, and even in New England as the d-coordinator," Zorn said. "Well, he is kind of evil being part of that defensive regime. But very, very good and solid coach. To know him personally and see the details he proceeds with and the key things he introduces even now, this offseason, so we can prepare well and not allow these things to wait until the last second."
Zorn's had kind of a strange offseason. He interviewed for the Chiefs offensive coordinator job, which he obviously didn't get. And then the KC Star's Adam Teicher reported Zorn was considering leaving KC once he didn't get the job. (This was disputed by the Chiefs.) It was also reported back in January that the Chiefs denied him a chance to interview for the Chicago Bears quarterbacks job, which wasn't a promotion so you can't really fault the Chiefs for saying no.
So now Zorn is back in KC working with Matt Cassel and Ricky Stanzi. Kyle Orton isn't under contract so we're not sure yet whether Zorn will be working with him.
On Cassel and Orton, Zorn said...
"No. 1, I liked where Matt Cassel was headed before his injury," Zorn said. "I think it was hard for him because he was fighting to do what we asked him to do. There were things that were changing based on game plans and some fo the things we were trying to do. And then he started to get into a much better position where he was disciplining himself, and then he got injured.
"And then Kyle when he came in just took over and started," Zorn continued. "It kinda created a much better foundation, or some steadiness, just because of his experience. He has a different kind of arm and he doesn't move around. You have to protect him more in the pocket and he doesn't care. He's just going to drop back and get the ball out. He can move and things like that but he really brought a stability to the pocket and he brought a stability with his demeanor. He was never up and down. Strong arm, had some accuracy, very competitive, which you gotta be if you're going to play in this league."
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