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Quick Hitters: Zorn Gives QB Update

Posted Jul 31, 2011

Zorn gave his first-impressions on Matt Cassel and Ricky Stanzi Sunday evening

Chiefs quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn spoke with the media for the first time of training camp following Sunday’s practice. He touched on a number of topics, but particularly on first-impressions of Matt Cassel and Ricky Stanzi.

Here are some notables from Zorn’s media session…

Zorn stayed after practice working with Stanzi one-on-one on a number of technique drills. Afterwards, the two joined Coach Todd Haley as the last to leave the fan autograph area.

Naturally, Zorn was asked, what he thinks of Stanzi so far?

“Excellent,” Zorn said. “I’m just really excited about him I think he’s on his way you know he’s working on improving the speed of his release but he’s real smart, he’s picking it up really fast. I think you all can be excited about him, he’s a ways away it’s not like I’m all excited and he’s going to be compete for the starting position, but he’s a good young prospect and we’re glad that he’s here.

…and how long away is he?

“His season is preseason, so you’re going to see him some in the preseason,” Zorn said. “I was fired up for him because he already improved some of his footwork in the run game and as we continue on here with the practices we have, we still have 40-some days to get ready for the first regular season game, so there are all kinds of stuff that we’re going to be doing and I’m going to stay on him until he gets it done and then I’m going to continue to stay on him so he keeps it done.”

The five-month NFL lockout kept Zorn away from Cassel during a time where the two would normally be reviewing film together, going over install and simply getting to know one another. Instead, Zorn was forced to evaluate Cassel only from the tape.

After one weekend working together, Zorn’s first-impressions of Cassel were…

“He’s really enthusiastic, he’s very vocal, he really takes charge in the huddle,” Zorn observed. “I really like how he’s trying to work all the new drills. You know he’s doing some new things he’s never done before and I think he’s enthusiastic about them and I think the special thing about Matt right now that I see is he’s got the ability to make his body change into what I’m looking for in a particular drill or rhythm on a throw so he’s quite an athlete and good athletes can do that.”

And what Cassel needs to work on most?

“He needs to work on his footwork,” Zorn said. “He needs to become more sudden in change of direction, that’s why we’re working on the drills, and then efficient. Those are some of the things early in this camp that he’ll be working on.”

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