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If Bates, a creative, hard working and young coach, does eventually succeed with another team, he...

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If Bates, a creative, hard working and young coach, does eventually succeed with another team, he will be but the latest in a long line of coaches that didn't break through right away but kept working, working, working, competing and believing in themselves. I wish him the best. I loved what he did in Seattle, loved the range of his play calling, how he seemed to marry the creativity of Knapp with the execution of Holmgren, the way his play calling was daring, and how passionate and committed he seemed. But I also recognize how little I actually know about him. His public support of Hasselbeck didn't encourage me. The way he insisted that Hasselbeck could run his system, though it was obvious he couldn't, and how long it took Bates to adjust, worried me. Sometimes his play calling ranged towards the indefensible: pounding the rock with Lynch, fades to Butler, rolling out Hasselbeck in his own end zone, etc. Overall though, I thought he was promising, and I thought his potential was immense, and I am very sad to see him go.

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