The Jeremy Bates Question

| January 6th, 2010

Here is what the Tribune has to say about Jeremy Bates:

His first qualification for the job is he gets
along well with Jay Cutler, having been his quarterbacks coach in
Denver. But he also is known as an extremely hard working, brilliant
young coach who learned a lot from Jon Gruden and Mike Shanahan. He also worked with Rod Marinelli when he was an offensive quality control coach for the Bucs. Bates, the son of longtime NFL assistant coach Jim Bates, currently is the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach at Southern Cal. The 33-year old never has coordinated an offense at any level, and his maturity has been questioned.

With Jeremy Bates have never been an offensive coordinator, would Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith be willing to risk their careers in Chicago on an individual without a track record?  I can’t see it happening.  That’s why I think they’ll ultimately go the route of a Mike Martz type.

Side Note: It seems my prediction that Perry Fewell will become the defensive coordinator was not much of a reach.  Fewell already has an interview lined up.