Recycling offensive coordinators
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When filling offensive coordinator positions in the NFL, only the experienced need apply.Well, that's true to a certain extent. The league isn't quite a domain exclusive to offensive coordinators who previously served in the same capacity before landing their current jobs. But it's awfully close, and this spring provided more evidence. There are eight new offensive coordinators in the NFL for 2010 and all but two of them (the Buffalo Bills' Curt Modkins and the Seattle Seahawks' Jeremy Bates) have held the same job in the NFL in the past. Bates, who also was courted by the Chicago Bears before they hired Mike Martz, was offensive coordinator for first-year Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at the University of Southern California last year. He has been an assistant coach for three NFL franchises and is the son of longtime defensive coordinator Jim Bates.
Here are three incumbent offensive coordinators whose work will be closely scrutinized in 2010:
Len Pasquarelli, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
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