Q&A w/ Jim Bates

[MEDIA:32872]<B>Jim Bates</B> was Steve Spurrier's first Defensive Coordinator in 1990. He helped lay the foundation for many tough defenses to follow in the early Spurrier years. Coach Bates is now the defensive coordinator for one of the toughest defenses in the National Football League, the Miami Dolphins.

Brady Ackerman: Talk about your defensive philosophy?
Coach Bates:
Intense… all out pressure… be tough against the run and have as many players with speed on the field at one time as possible.

BA: What about this year's defense?
It will be as good or better than the past .We lost a few but we picked up a few as well. That is just the NFL. Larry Chester will be big for us, along with Taylor and Tim Bowens we should be good up front. Morlan Greenwood may be a better contributor for us as well at linebacker.

Ricky Williams will be counted on heavily in Miami

BA: What about your team overall?
We had a tremendous off-season. Ricky Williams will be a dynamite player and combine that with the addition of Leon Searcy at tackle, the development of Chris Chambers and Norv Turner coming over. We should be good.

BA: How good?
This is the most talent we have had here since I have been here.

BA: What about training camp?
It is a necessary evil. It is a grind and can take it's toll on the coaches as well, but it his how we build our team and we need the time and work.

BA: You still have the same enthusiasm?
Absolutely… I love it and cannot wait to get started.

Spurrier and Staff celebrate a score vs 49ers

BA: How will Steve Spurrier do in the NFL?
He will do well. He has always been a great offensive mind. I coached against him in the USFL and he was always tough to defend no matter what level of play. He also has a good defense in Washington.

BA: What will be his biggest adjustment?
Defensive speed. The corners can run and the lineman can really get to the quarterback. Plus the coverages area little more sophisticated at this level.

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BA: What is your best memory of your time at UF?
The Alabama game in ‘90. We won on the road, on turf against a powerhouse like Alabama. It really sent the message to the rest of the conference that we were there to win titles.

Ack: How will Zook do?
He will do well, although it is tough to follow in Spurrier's footsteps. He is a great recruiter and has a lot of enthusiasm. It will be most interesting how his offense does following what Spurrier did. Gator fans won't be too happy if it is not exciting.

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