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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
BBAO: Jeremy Bates is the 'right guy'

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Chicago Bears' hiring of Jeremy Bates as their quarterbacks coach was met with approval from two of his former players, one of whom he will reunite with in Chicago.

Quarterback Jay Cutler, who played two years for Bates when both were with the Denver Broncos, told the Bears' website that "we got the right guy for the job." Cutler added: "He was very vital in my growth and my experience as a quarterback there. The last couple years he had full control of my development and our plays coming in. He's a grinder. He's a guy that's going to work extremely hard to find weaknesses in defenses and he's going to be able to present it to us in a way that we understand and will be able to make plays where we can take advantage of those weaknesses."

Meanwhile, former Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler -- now with the Detroit Lions -- tweeted: "Don't like seeing Jeremy Bates in the NFC North..... #greatcoach"

To the extent that they could have, the Bears have given Cutler a soft landing as he prepares to play for his fourth different offensive coaching staff in the past five seasons.

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