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Cassel had role in Zorn hiring

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By Michael Blunda

When Chiefs head coach Todd Haley decided to hire Jim Zorn as his QB coach, the decision wasn't his and his alone. He consulted with at least one key figure in the organization before finalizing the move.

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Friday, Haley discussed the move.

"When we interviewed, part of that interview I got Jim and Matt (Cassel) together," he said. "… They spent a good hour or so together watching tape, and that was really positive."

With the decision to promote OL coach Bill Muir to offensive coordinator, the Chiefs also wanted to bring in an accomplished coach to work with Cassel in the wake of Charlie Weis' departure. Zorn, a former NFL signalcaller who has been coaching quarterbacks in the league since 1997, has helped develop numerous passers. He most recently he worked with Joe Flacco in Baltimore. Flacco's disappointment over Zorn's firing shows how well-respected he is among his pupils.

As for how his background will translate to the Chiefs' offense, Haley isn't too worried.

"You've got a guy that's played in multiple terminology systems, so to speak, coached in multiple systems, so to speak," Haley said. "I've always looked at Jim from afar and thought he was a West Coast guy, but that's really not his roots."

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