Article speculating on Bates status
A few interesting tidbites were the drop in offensive ranking and the fact that Bates has learned something from Tice as far as the running game. I can't imagine what. The running game was off this year and he could not figure out how to use the best tandem in the NFL. But whatever....
Bears quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates might be QB keeper
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org January 3, 2013 8:58PM
Updated: January 4, 2013 10:59AM
Quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates was brought to Chicago for Jay Cutler. The belief was their history and kinship would translate into points and wins for the Bears.
But their reunion didn’t really pan out.
With coach Lovie Smith gone, there’s no telling which — if any — assistant coaches will be retained. Even Cutler doesn’t sound convinced “his guy” will be back.
“I have no idea,” Cutler said when asked if he expects Bates to return. “I would say no, but that’s a guess.”
General manager Phil Emery said all the assistant coaches remain under contract and have a chance to stay if his new coach decides they’re keepers. But Smith only retained one coach from Dick Jauron’s regime.
Linebackers coach Bob Babich, running backs coach Tim Spencer and receivers coach Darryl Drake, who have been with Smith since 2004, appear destined to head elsewhere. Bates, though, might have one of the best chances to stick, considering Emery believes Cutler has the potential to be a franchise quarterback.
Quarterback Josh McCown, a 10-year veteran who has worked with Cutler, Bates and Mike Martz, said it was easy to see the chemistry between Bates and Cutler.
“No question,” McCown said. “They have great chemistry, and that’s a credit to [Bates]. He understands what he wants to get accomplished but also players are all individuals, and we’re all different. He knows one guy has to be taught differently than the next guy and so on and so forth. He’s willing to do anything it takes to get the message taught.
“Jay responds to [Bates’] teaching style.”
Why that chemistry didn’t turn into better results is debatable. Mike Tice handled the play-calling as a first-time offensive coordinator, but Bates definitely had input. With Tice and Bates, the Bears’ offense went from 24th in 2011 to 28th this season.
Emery won’t blame Tice or anyone else for the offense’s failures. He said his goal is to get the most out of Cutler.
“I would say it’s real important to find [a head coach] who can help lead and develop all our players,” Emery said. “Jay being our quarterback, and that being a franchise position in terms of importance, it’s very important that that person either himself or staff-wise has the right person to help Jay develop.”
It could turn out to be Bates, who gets along with the enigmatic Cutler while others have had conflicts. Bates first worked with Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall with the Denver Broncos (2006-08) before becoming the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive coordinator in 2010.
McCown said Bates was innovative with his game-planning.
“Obviously, being a coordinator before, he has a vision,” McCown said. “Jeremy is a very, very good football coach. He’s one of the better ones I’ve been around.”
Bates said working with Cutler was the same as it was in Denver. He also thought he developed a good rapport with Tice this season and learned from him.
“He’s a great offensive line coach,” Bates said. “It’s a different run game that I know and that I’ve learned. I’m going to be able to use it throughout the rest of my career.”
In a few weeks, we’ll know if that includes the Bears for next season.
“[Bates] knows what Jay is thinking, where he is coming from, his opinions on certain things,” McCown said. “He talks to Jay about different things and figures out the best way to help Jay get better.
“It’s been fun to watch their relationship, watch how you coach a guy of Jay’s caliber. He’s great for us. He’s great for Jay.”
If Bates is gone then I wanna see Trestman as either OC or QB coach.
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Shorty, tell me about Trestman. Is he the Montreal Alouettes' coach? I don't want a Canadian Football League coach coaching an American professional football team. They run gimmick offenses up in Canada, like the pistol, and that just has not translated into much success down here in the United States in pro football (although both Seattle and Washington run spread option offenses out of either the shotgun or the pistol).
As for me, I would like the Bears to hire Rick Dennison as the new head coach. The Bears would greatly benefit from having a coach who believe in zone blocking schemes on offense, particularly this offensive line and really and truly Matt Forte. Forte would become a perrenial 1,000+ rusher a season if he ran in the same offense as such notable running backs as Terrell Davis and Arian Foster (GO VOLS!) have greatly benefited in.
We just get what we need to keep Cutler upright and now we want to take it apart ?
dagan, you understand that Trestman was a qb/oc in the NCAA during the 80's and same for the NFL in the 80's and 90's right? He's done both, in the trestman article I posted his resume, read it, it's impressive. Don't know that I'd want him as a HC, but as a OC/QBC hell f'n ya.
If Bates interviews well enough to keep his job, or move up so be it, personally I hope he doesn't.
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This is my first time back in this thread since I typed that last entry, and I've read a little more about Trestman. I wouldn't want him as a head coach, but I could definitely handle him as an offensive assistant coach. However, I doubt seriously he would go for that after he's recently had a taste of what head coaching a team is all about, even if it's up in Canada.
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I agree, I don't know that I'd be thrilled w/him as a HC in the pro's, he's been away for awhile, new rules new schemes and all. But as a OC hell ya. And if Emery did decide to go that route as HC, while I'd have reservations myself, I wouldn't hate it either. If the guy can make Kosar look talented he can do about anything; not to mention in today's NFL w/how pass happy it's become he might do better then we all think.