This Is The Guy Who Should Be Running The Bears Offense.......
Bears QB coach learned from his year off
Bates holds no grudge against Seahawks for letting him go so Sunday's game nothing special to him
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talks about keeping his focus on winning.
By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune reporter 9:18 p.m. CST, November 28, 2012
For the first time in his coaching career, Jeremy Bates had all the right calls last season.
That is how it goes for coaches on the sideline — the ones sitting at home watching games from the couch. Bates, hired as the Bears quarterbacks coach in January, was out of football in 2011 after spending one season as the offensive coordinator for the Seahawks, who come to Soldier Field on Sunday.
"You can actually sit back and have all the right answers," said Bates, who spent the year at his home in Colorado. "I watched every game, every weekend. It's fun to watch situational football. When you're watching on television you don't get to see what coverage it is so you are watching it from a different approach, but what are people calling on third-and-5? What are people calling on fourth-and-1?
"I just took a step back and watched the game from a fan's point of view a little bit. There is so much knowledge to be gained. I don't want to do that again. It was a frustrating year. But things happen and you just have to find the positives."
The positive for quarterback Jay Cutler was reuniting with Bates after they initially worked together with the Broncos.
"It gives you a different perspective," Cutler said of Bates' break. "He's such a grinder, such a hard worker, but he was able to watch a lot of football, see some different systems. I don't really want to be in an offense without him. He's an unbelievable game-planner and a guy who motivates not only me but the rest of the players as well."
Bates doesn't want to dwell on what didn't work in Seattle after he had worked for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll for one season at USC also. There was a reported rift involving former offensive line coach Alex Gibbs. (And maybe there should be with Tice and Holt as well)
"It was just time to move on," Carroll said. "We made some changes in the running game and the staff. It was just better to do what we're doing now.
"Tremendous scheme guy. Excellent quarterback coach. Understands all of the workings. He has a lot of stuff going for him. He's a fantastic coach."
Bates downplayed a meeting with the Seahawks with first place in the NFC North on the line for the Bears.
"No," he said. "This is my 18th move and I am 36 years old. I can't hold grudges … I'd be worn out. … We know we have to take care of our business and it's not about the other team."
But Cutler believes the game might have a little extra special meaning for him, and no one at Halas Hall know Bates better. (So go out and kick their asses for him Jay)
"Deep down it might mean a little something more to him but these are games … you move on," Cutler said. "As a coach coming into this business you know ahead of time you're going to get fired. It's just part of the game."