Bears hire Bates as new QB coach

The Chicago Bears have hired Jeremy Bates as the team's new quarterbacks coach. Bates worked with Jay Cutler in Denver from 2006-2008 and was most recently the offensive coordinator in Seattle.

The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with Jeremy Bates today to become the team's quarterbacks coach.

Bates joins the Bears with eight years of coaching experience with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-03, offensive quality control; 2004, assistant quarterbacks), New York Jets (2005, quarterbacks), Denver Broncos (2006, offensive assistant; 2007 wide receivers/quarterbacks; 2008, quarterbacks), University of Southern California (2009, assistant head coach/quarterbacks) and Seattle Seahawks (2010, offensive coordinator).

While with the Broncos, Bates worked with current Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for each of their three seasons in Denver. In 2008, Cutler threw for a franchise record 4,526 yards en route to the Pro Bowl with Bates as his position coach as the Broncos had the second best offense in the NFL in terms of yards per game (395.8). Cutler completed 762 of 1,220 passing attempts (62.5 percent) for 9,024 yards, 54 touchdowns and 37 interceptions for an 87.1 passer rating in 37 starts in Denver while Bates was there.

Prior to coaching, Bates lettered at Tennessee (1995) and Rice (1997 and 1999), playing quarterback at each institution.

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