- Jim Bates (American football coach)
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name = Jim Bates
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years as a coach = 37
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Jim Bates is an
American footballcoach for the National Football Leagueserving as Assistant Coach/Defense. He is known for his defensive scheme. As of January 8th, 2008 Bates stepped down as the Denver Broncos Assistant Head Coach/Defense.
Bates began his coaching career in the NFL with the
Cleveland Brownsas their defensive line coach in 1991. He then moved on to the Atlanta Falconsto serve as defensive coordinatorin 1994, his first time at this position. It would only last one year, however, and Bates returned to the Browns to coach their secondary in 1995.
In 1996, Bates was hired by the
Dallas Cowboysas their linebackers coach. He was promoted to assistant coach/defensive line in 1998.
In 2000, the
Miami Dolphinshired him as their defensive coordinator. [http://www.9news.com/sports/pro_football/nfl/denver_broncos/article.aspx?storyid=63004]
His first head coaching job in the NFL came in 2004 when he was named
interimhead coach for the Miami Dolphins following the resignation of Dave Wannstedt. He went 3-4 (including a victory over the Super Bowlchampion New England Patriots) with the underachieving Dolphins. When new head coach Nick Sabantook over the team, it soon became clear that Bates was not part of his plans, and Bates took over the defensive coordinator job with the Green Bay Packers.
Mike Shermanwas fired by Packers General Manager Ted Thompsonon January 2, 2006, Bates was offered the opportunity to interview for the head position. He interviewed on January 10but was informed the next day the organization would be hiring San Francisco 49ersoffensive coordinator Mike McCarthyinstead.
Bates took the news very hard. McCarthy met with him on
January 15in hopes of convincing him to stay with the organization. However, after two meetings between McCarthy and Bates, the team announced on January 16that they would be parting ways.
Bates did not take another coaching job in the NFL in 2006.
In early January 2007, Bates was signed on by the Denver Broncos to replace
Larry Coyeras the defensive coordinator. However, Defensive Backs coach Bob Slowikwas promoted to the defensive coordinator position (nominal), and Bates was named "Assistant Head Coach/Defense." In the 2007 season, the Broncos defense went from 9th ranked in the league in scoring in 2006 to 29th in 2007 as of week 13. On January 8th, 2008 Bates announced he was leaving the Denver Broncos. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3186811 ESPN - After just one season, defensive coordinator Bates out in Denver - NFL ] ]
Bates' defensive scheme uses the
defensive tackles to plug the middle, with the defensive ends pressuring the quarterback. Special emphasis is on the linebackers, as short, speedy LB's are especially fitted for this format. Linebacker Zach Thomasand defensive end Jason Taylor are among the players Bates developed in Miami. Bates is well-liked among players for being a fiery, energetic, demanding, yet fair and hands-on coach.
A graduate of the
University of Tennessee, he now lives in Oneida, Wisconsin. His son, Jeremy, is an offensive assistant for the Denver Broncos. James, his oldest son, played linebacker for the 1996 national champion University of Florida Gators.
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