The glowing report on Southern Cal’s assistant coach/quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates from NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi on the Mully & Hanley show the other day was interesting. But it’s far from the consensus opinion of the man who would be Ron Turner’s successor as Bears offensive coordinator
Bates, 33, isn’t all that great in the opinion of many other NFL insiders, and he’s probably not the best man for the Bears’ offensive coordinator job, although he might be an excellent choice as quarterbacks coach. His lack of experience is a major concern, and it should be especially important to Lovie Smith, who will be history if the Bears don’t get to the playoffs next season.
“Bates is hardly setting the world on fire in his current job at
USC, as the offense steadily regressed this season,” according to an NFL source with close connections to college football. “Bates apparently is strictly a system-type guy. He's locked into his scheme and gets low marks
for being able to make adjustments better-suited to the talents of his
“He's far from the perfect fit Lombardi said he was.”