The Bears have reached an agreement with Jeremy Bates to become the team's quarterbacks coach, the team announced today.
Bates worked three seasons in Denver with Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler.
Bates also has coached with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-03, offensive quality control; 2004, assistant quarterbacks), New York Jets (2005, quarterbacks) and University of Southern California (2009, assistant head coach/quarterbacks) and Seattle Seahawks (2010, offensive coordinator).
With the Broncos, Bates was an offensive assistant in 2006 then the receivers/ quarterbacks coach in 2007 and quarterbacks coach in 2008.
In 2008, Cutler threw for a franchise record 4,526 yards en route to the Pro Bowl.
Bates lettered as a quarterback at Tennessee (1995) and Rice (1997 and 1999).