After Passed Over, Zorn Stays With Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBSDC/AP) It sure hasn’t been easy for Jim Zorn since he came to Washington.
First it was the two embarrassing and awkward seasons as the Redskins coach, and then a one and done deal in Baltimore as the quarterback coach where Joe Flacco’s development was questioned.
Last season, he caught on with the Kansas City Chiefs as their QB coach. Things went well enough for Zorn to the point where he thought he had a shot at the open offensive coordinator position.
Many believed that Zorn was the front-runner, but Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel eventually opted to go with Brian Daboll, whom he coached with in New England.
It was expected that Zorn would leave the team.
But when Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel announced the remainder of his staff on Tuesday, Zorn was named the QB coach once again.
Besides bringing in a fresh face to run the offense, a new special teams staff and a new offensive line coach to replace the retired Bill Muir, Crennel largely opted for continuity in filling out the rest of his coaching staff.
Zorn was retained along with assistant head coach Maurice Carthon, tight ends coach Bernie Parmalee, strength coach Mike Clark, wide receivers coach Nick Sirianni and virtually the entire defensive staff.
Jack Bicknell Jr. was hired to coach the offensive line and Jim Bob Cooter was brought in as the offensive quality control coach. Tom McMahon and Derius Swinton will handle special teams.
“We were able to add a handful of strong additions to an already talented group of coaches, and I am excited to get started,” Crennel said in a statement issued by the team.
Linebackers coach Gary Gibbs, defensive line coach Anthony Pleasant, defensive quality control coach Otis Smith, defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas and defensive assistant Adam Zimmer all worked under Crennel last season, when he was the defensive coordinator for Todd Haley.
Crennel plans to remain the coordinator after assuming the permanent head coaching job.
Parmalee begins his third season in Kansas City, while assistant strength coach Brent Salazar will begin his sixth. Sirianni spent last season as the offensive quality control coach, but will be in his first season as the wide receivers coach.
Bicknell joins the Chiefs after spending the last three seasons as the assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants, where he just earned a Super Bowl ring. He’s also coached in the college ranks at Boston College and Louisiana Tech.
Cooter spent last season with the Dolphins, where Daboll was the offensive coordinator. McMahon and Swinton spent the past three seasons working with the Ram’s special teams.
“I’m looking forward to sitting down as a staff, evaluating what we have, what we need and moving forward toward the 2012 season,” Crennel said.
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