Buddy system

Bates has all making of good coach but pairing him with Cutler sends wrong message

Updated: January 7, 2010, 6:39 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

There is no questioning Jeremy Bates' résumé or his football pedigree.

He is the son of a longtime NFL coach. As a freshman quarterback at Tennessee, he was tutored by Peyton Manning. He has worked under two elite NFL head coaches in Jon Gruden and Mike Shanahan. He was successful in his previous association with Jay Cutler as the Denver Broncos' quarterbacks coach. And at age 33, he is the assistant head coach of the offense and quarterbacks coach at Southern California.

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