Recently published reports stated Jeremy Bates would not be considered for a position on the Bears' coaching staff, but today Bates was named the team's quarterbacks coach.
What's curious about the announcement is that Bates wasn't given the title as passing game coordinator, at least in the Bears' release to the media.
It's hard to imagine he was hired for any other reason than he has worked with Jay Cutler in a system in which Cutler flourished. I don't know much about Bates, but he should be allowed to devise a passing game that suits Cutler's talents.
Taking plays that they ran in Denver and inserting them into the Bears offense should be the first order of business. The person that needs the most comfort in an offensive system is the quarterback. Plays, routes, checks all need to be second nature and this could be the long-term solution to allow Cutler to reach his full potential.
I like the fact the Bears hired someone that has worked directly with Cutler. Bates understands what he's getting into when it comes to Cutler's personality, and it's hard to believe previous reports that Cutler and Bates have a strained relationship, otherwise he would not have been hired.
Just curious why Bates doesn't have title of passing game coordinator.
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Give the NFL credit for, at least this one time, genuinely putting the interests of its fans first. Or at least proposing to.
Among the matters expected to come before this week’s owners meetings in Arizona will be one from Washington that coaches have the ability to make unlimited replay challenges as long as the ones they make are correct. The idea is not likely to pass, in part because the NFL is endeavoring to improve the pace of its games, particularly for fans seated in stadiums, particularly outdoor ones. (If you’re watching at home, replay reviews are enough time to fill the chips bowl and grab a cold one.)
Along that line, the plan is for tablet computers to be run out to game officials for their review and consultation, while the final decision is reached at league officiating headquarters in New York, according to current proposals to be considered for votes this week. Additionally, a 40-second play clock is suggested after extra points when there is no commercial break scheduled, and halftime to be limited to 13 minutes 30 seconds.
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Actual in-game changes are also under consideration.
No one is likely to label it “The McClellin Rule” but a proposal is there to ban players leaping over offensive linemen (read: long snappers) to block field goals and extra points. Former Bears linebacker Shea, as a special-teams rusher with the New England Patriots, successfully vaulted Ravens blockers to knock down a Baltimore field goal try last season.
The proposal is likely to pass ostensibly as a player-safety measure, although cynics might suggest that the impetus behind the ban is general irritation that Bill Belichick’s group came up with with kick-block gambit.
More directly aimed at protecting players from gratuitous violence in a game that has enough violence just by its nature is a move to remind officials that players can be ejected for egregiously illegal hits. The situation is not considered dire because of frequency but the league clearly wants to send a message/reminder to not only officials, but players, something likely to be reinforced during officials’ tours of training camps in August.