This is my first ever effort at a fan post, but I've followed Arrowhead Pride for a few years now, I'm definitely a daily reader. On a business trip the weekend before training camp started I ran into Jim Zorn on a plane. At first I'll admit I didn't put his name and face together, but I strongly recognized him, like maybe I had worked with him. Once on the plane I ended up sitting right next to him, introduced myself, asked where I knew him from (with my Chiefs shirt on..), then became star struck...He was more than happy to talk football, had some good insight and some expected responses. His thoughts after the jump..
- Zorn said this is really the first season he's had quality one on one time with Cassel. Said before everything went through Haley.
- Said Haley and everyone in the organization knew Haley had to go, it wasn't a good fit.
- I noted my biggest criticism of Cassel is he is hesitant in the pocket, that he has to wait for the WR to be open to pull the trigger, versus anticipating the open WR. Zorn said that's a New England/Tom Brady way of doing it, give the QB all day in the pocket to find the open WR.
- Zorn said Cassel practiced mistakes last 2 years, wasn't corrected properly in practice.
- He likes Daboll's offense, said it's a blend of West Coast and vertical passing game.
- Zorn loves McCluster, predicted he would have 90 catches this year. (so pick him up on your fantasy wire, I did..)
- He wasn't impressed with Moeaki, mostly because he was injured in Zorn's first year, but he said Moeaki's tape was just OK, that he wanted to see it live before praising the kid.
- He heaped huge praise on Hillis, and said Charles still isn't 100% (at the start of camp).
- He didn't blame Bowe for not signing, said no matter when he shows up he'll be way behind, all it takes is missing mini camps.
- Zorn said he had offers to go and coach elsewhere but the Chiefs wouldn't let him out of his contract, and declined other teams interests in interviewing him. He wouldn't say where, but did say he was happy to stay, to work with Daboll and Romeo. I like that we have a coach in demand.