Jeremy Bates, the Seahawks' offensive coordinator who had worked under coach Pete Carroll at USC, has been fired by the team.
The Seahawks made one final change to their offense after a turbulent season.
The guy who runs it.
Jeremy Bates was fired as offensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday. Bates had come to Seattle from USC with coach Pete Carroll, and his dismissal after just one season means Seattle will be moving on to its fourth offensive coordinator in four years.
That won’t be Josh McDaniels, the former Broncos head coach. He was hired by the St. Louis Rams following an ESPN report that McDaniels had talked to Seattle.
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The Seahawks hired Tom Cable to coach the offensive line, naming him assistant head coach as well. Cable coached the Raiders last season to an 8-8 record, the franchise’s best finish since 2002, but was not retained.
Cable attended Snohomish High School and is a direct coaching descendant of Alex Gibbs, who was hired by Carroll to be Seattle’s offensive line coach in 2010 but retired one week before the season. Art Valero became the Seahawks’ line coach last season, and he remains on staff.
Seattle hired Todd Wash as defensive-line coach, taking the spot Dan Quinn held last season. Wash spent the past four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he previously worked with Gus Bradley, Seattle’s defensive coordinator. Kris Richard was promoted to secondary coach, moving into the vacancy created when Jerry Gray left for the University of Texas, his alma mater. Rocky Seto moves into Richard’s old job as assistant secondary coach.
But the big news Tuesday — and the biggest surprise — was the dismissal of Bates.
On the one hand, it came after the Seahawks ranked No. 31 out of 32 teams in rushing offense during a season that will be remembered for the offense’s extended dry spells. They went more than six quarters without scoring a touchdown during one stretch, and in Sunday’s playoff loss at Chicago, the Seahawks’ first eight possessions produced eight punts.
But Bates was also dealing with a roster in constant flux, from Gibbs’ abrupt resignation before the season started to an offensive line that had 10 different starting configurations in 16 regular-season games.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seattle’s leading receiver a year ago, was released before the season started. Deion Branch, a starter, was traded after four games.
Mike Williams emerged as a consistent receiver, and Bates’ offense produced 41 points in a playoff victory over New Orleans. It was the most points scored by a Seattle team in a playoff game.
Bates, 34, was Carroll’s offensive coordinator at USC in 2009. Before that, he worked under Mike Shanahan in Denver.
A message left for Bates by The Seattle Times was not returned, and Carroll was not available to comment. Carroll will conduct a season-ending news conference Wednesday.
Seattle has two vacancies on its coaching staff — offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, a position that had been held by Jedd Fisch. Fisch has been named offensive coordinator at the University of Miami, but according to a report from ESPN, he could be a potential candidate for coordinator in Seattle.
Jim Zorn has been mentioned as a potential candidate. He served as Seattle’s quarterbacks coach before he was named Washington Redskins head coach in 2008.
Seattle will change its offensive playbook for a third consecutive offseason, a transition that began with the departure of coach Mike Holmgren and coordinator Gil Haskell after the 2008 season. Greg Knapp spent one year in charge of Seattle’s offense under coach Jim Mora, and now Bates is out after one year under Carroll.
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