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Black and Blue all over: Bates to Seattle

PHOENIX -- I’m traveling back to NFC North headquarters Monday morning, but that doesn't mean we can't get ourselves caught up around the division.

We don’t know who Chicago’s next offensive coordinator will be. But we know one man it won’t be: Southern California assistant Jeremy Bates is expected to join Pete Carroll in Seattle, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Bates had been scheduled to interview Tuesday with the Bears, where he could have re-united with quarterback Jay Cutler. Instead, the Bears will have to move on to other alternatives. Former St. Louis head coach Mike Martz has campaigned publicly for the job.

Meanwhile, the Bears are scheduled to interview Perry Fewell on Monday for their open defensive coordinator job.

Continuing around the NFC North: