Jim Bates was one of three people to interview for the Dolphins' head-coaching job in 2004 before Nick Saban was hired, but he won't be interviewing this time around. Bates, who was thought to be a candidate to replace Saban, accepted a job on Thursday to become assistant head coach/defense with the Denver Broncos.
Bates sat out last season after spending the 2005 season with the Green Bay Packers.
With the Broncos, Bates will run the defense along with Bob Slowik, who was promoted by Mike Shanahan from defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator.
Bates did a standout job as interim coach after Dave Wannstedt left nine games into the 2004 season, and he had the support of both Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor.
It was thought he would be interviewed for the job, but he was among the dozen candidates that Wayne Huizenga has talked to so far.
One appealing aspect of the Denver job for Bates was the chance to work with his son Jeremy, a Broncos offensive assistant.