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Bates new Bucs defensive coordinator

Updated: January 22, 2009, 4:30 PM ET
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jim Bates will be the new defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Thursday.

Bates' hiring is the first major move by new Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris.

The Buccaneers are getting a 62-year-old coordinator with 37 years of coaching experience to aid the 32-year-old Morris, who will be a head coach for the first time on any level.

Bates most recently was assistant head coach for the Denver Broncos. Bates previously ...

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