Recently published reports stated Jeremy Bates would not be considered for a position on the Bears' coaching staff, but today Bates was named the team's quarterbacks coach.
What's curious about the announcement is that Bates wasn't given the title as passing game coordinator, at least in the Bears' release to the media.
It's hard to imagine he was hired for any other reason than he has worked with Jay Cutler in a system in which Cutler flourished. I don't know much about Bates, but he should be allowed to devise a passing game that suits Cutler's talents.
Taking plays that they ran in Denver and inserting them into the Bears offense should be the first order of business. The person that needs the most comfort in an offensive system is the quarterback. Plays, routes, checks all need to be second nature and this could be the long-term solution to allow Cutler to reach his full potential.
I like the fact the Bears hired someone that has worked directly with Cutler. Bates understands what he's getting into when it comes to Cutler's personality, and it's hard to believe previous reports that Cutler and Bates have a strained relationship, otherwise he would not have been hired.
Just curious why Bates doesn't have title of passing game coordinator.
Training Camp Daily: The Bears put the pads on for Sunday's practice on another wet day in Bourbonnais. Bears insider John 'Moon' Mullin & producer Paul Aspan discuss Mitchell Trubisky's accuracy, which continues to be a work in progress. Plus Anthony Miller & Kevin White turn heads, while Aaron Lynch suffers yet another injury setback when the Bears are already thin at pass rusher.
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The Chicago Bears are thin at outside linebacker after only signing Aaron Lynch to provide a pass rush opposite Leonard Floyd this season.
Lynch was considered a risky signing in March because of his injury history. He's appeared in only 28 games over the last three years and he's already off to an injured start with the Bears.
Lynch was one of several players to miss Sunday's practice with a hamstring injury, a list that includes fellow starter, Danny Trevathan.
Lynch and Trevathan missed Saturday's practice, too.
Other Bears who sat out on Sunday were Sherrick McManis (hamstring), Daniel Brown (ankle) and Joel Iyiegbuniwe (shoulder). First-round pick Roquan Smith remains a holdout.
Lynch is in a training camp battle with Sam Acho for a starting job and will have to hold off Kylie Fitts and Isaiah Irving as well. The more time he loses to injury, the less and less likely the chances are that he'll become an impact player on defense.
It's still early, and the Bears have an extra week of training camp because of the Hall of Fame game. There's plenty of time for Lynch to get healthy and put this hamstring issue behind him.