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Bates faces difficult situation

Jim Bates has inherited an almost impossible situation in Miami, but he'll make the most of it.

Originally Published: November 9, 2004
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Good man, Jim Bates, who we got to know very well when he was defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in 1994.

Not good enough, though, to rescue this Titanic of a season for the Miami Dolphins. But then again, owner Wayne Huizenga could have summoned the ghosts of Vince Lombardi, George Halas and Tom Landry on Monday evening, after Dave Wannstedt had put himself out of his misery by resigning, and it wouldn't make any difference for 2004.

In fact, nothing, not even Bates working ...

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