By Eric Schmidt

The Chicago Bears have added Jeremy Bates to their offensive coaching staff. After replacing last year’s offensive coordinator Mike Martz with Mike Tice, the franchise had a vacancy at the quarterback coach position. The Chicago Bears decided to make a hire that quarterback Jay Cutler was familiar with, Jeremy Bates.

Current Bears QB Jay Cutler worked with Jeremy Bates when the duo were members of the Denver Broncos. Bates was Cutler’s coach in 2007 and 2008. Bates departed Denver and joined USC, Cutler was traded to the Chicago Bears. The move by the Bears seemed to make Jay Cutler very happy.

Speaking to ChicagoBears.com, Cutler said of the Bates hiring, “I’m very excited to be working with Jeremy Bates again. We got the right guy for the job. He was vital in my growth and experience as a quarterback (in Denver). The last couple of years, he had full control of my development and our plays coming in.”

Stability is key for continued improvement for Jay Cutler. He is now experiencing his third offensive coordinator in four seasons. Alex Van Pelt and Greg Olsen were both interviewed by the franchise to fill the position as quarterback coach before Bates was hired.

Bates, 35, has 11 seasons of coaching experience, starting his career as a quality control coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002-2003. Bates spent one season with the New York Jets as the team’s quarterback coach in 2005 before joining the Denver Broncos. Last season, Bates filled the role of offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. He will assume the role of quarterback coach for Chicago.

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