Jeremy Bates
Current position
TitleQuarterbacks coach
Biographical details
Born (1976-08-27) August 27, 1976 (age 42)
Manhattan, Kansas
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (OQC)
Tampa Bay Bucaneers (Asst. QBs)
New York Jets (QB)
Denver Broncos (OA)
Denver Broncos (WR/QB)
Denver Broncos (QB)
USC (Asst. HC/QB)
Seattle Seahawks (OC)
Chicago Bears (QB)

Jeremy Bates (born August 27, 1976) is an American football coach and former player. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL), a position he assumed in February 2012. Bates has previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks and quarterbacks coach for the USC Trojans football team.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Bates is the son of former long-time collegiate and NFL coach Jim Bates and attended high school in Sevierville, Tennessee. He played quarterback at the University of Tennessee before transferring to Rice University where he also played baseball. Bates completed his bachelor's degree in 1999 at Rice.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Bates began his coaching career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an offensive quality control coach from 2002–03; the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002. In 2004 he was promoted to the position of assistant quarterbacks coach, working closely with head coach Jon Gruden and quarterbacks coach John Shoop.

New York JetsEdit

He was the New York Jets' quarterbacks coach in 2005; due to a series of injuries the team fielded five different quarterbacks that season, notably Brooks Bollinger.[2]

Denver BroncosEdit

Bates joined the Denver Broncos in 2006. In his first season he served as an offensive assistant, helping offensive coordinator Rick Dennison coach the offensive line. In 2007 he served as wide receivers/quarterbacks coach, and in 2008 as quarterbacks coach, both seasons working closely with quarterback Jay Cutler. In 2008, Bates called the offensive plays for the Broncos, helping Cutler become a Pro Bowl selection and the team to have the NFL's second-most productive offense (1st in the AFC).[3]

At the end of the 2008 NFL regular season, longtime head coach Mike Shanahan was fired and replaced by Josh McDaniels. Due to the uncertainty, Bates began looking for a new position.[4]

USC TrojansEdit

On January 19, 2009, USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll hired Bates to replace outgoing coach Carl Smith, who had only taken the quarterbacks job two weeks earlier before moving back to the NFL. Smith had replaced Steve Sarkisian, who had taken the head coaching position of the Washington Huskies after serving as both quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator; John Morton had been promoted to offensive coordinator. Bates called plays from the field while Morton worked from the coaches' booth in the press box, similar to a previous arrangement run by the Trojans during the 2005-2006 seasons between Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin, respectively.[1][4]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On January 12, 2010, former USC Trojans' head coach Pete Carroll was introduced as the head coach and executive vice-president of the Seattle Seahawks. It was reported shortly after that Bates would join Carroll's staff as offensive coordinator.[5] Bates was fired on January 18, 2011. A difference in "philosophy" was stated as being the reason behind the move.[6]

Chicago BearsEdit

Bates joined the Chicago Bears on February 7, 2012 as the quarterbacks coach under offensive coordinator Mike Tice, a move which reunited him with quarterback Jay Cutler.[7] In 2010 Bates withdrew from consideration for the Bears offensive coordinator job, which eventually went to Mike Martz.[8] On January 17, 2013, Bates was among seven coaches not retained by new head coach Marc Trestman.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Jeremy Bates Staff Biography". University of Southern California Athletics. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  2. Myers, Gary (17 January 2010). "Another bad season may force New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin out of his job". New York Daily News. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  3. Pompei, Dan (10 January 2010). "Jeremy Bates has strong rep as offensive mind". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gary Klein, Trojans hire Broncos' Jeremy Bates for key post, Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2009, Accessed January 21, 2009.
  5. "Seahawks introduce new coach Carroll". ESPN. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  6. O'Neill, Danny (18 January 2011). "Confirmed: Jeremy Bates fired as Seahawks offensive coordinator". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  7. Biggs, Brad (7 February 2012). "New Bears QB coach has ties to Cutler". Chicago Tribune.,0,6705053.story. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  8. "Source: No Cutler reunion for Bates". ESPN. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  9. Mayer, Larry (2013-01-17). "Trestman in process of assembling coaching staff". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-01-17.

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