Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Jim Bates has been relieved of his play-calling duties as of today. Bates, who was hired in the offseason, has overseen a defense that has struggled badly this season and as a result is surrendering 29 points and 378 yards per game. It currently ranks 27th overall in the NFL and last (32nd) against the run, allowing 168 yards per game. The team has one win and nine losses to date. Bates, 63, will stay on with the team at least through the end of the season in a consulting role, breaking down film and assisting Morris on game day from the coaching box. Bates' previous stint with the Miami Dolphins was successfuláas he had a top 10ùranked defense in each of his four seasons with the Dolphins. Conversely, Bates' oneùyear term with the Denver B ...
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