Michael Lombardi of NFL Network is reporting that Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates has been fired today.
UPDATE: The team confirmed this report, which is a surprising move by Pete Carroll.
Bates was with Seattle for only one season and had coached with Carroll for one season at USC. Bates had been the subject of criticism of late for his emphasis on pushing the ball down the field in the passing game, which did not seem to jibe with veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s reliance on the short passing game.
Bates’ calls on 4th and short situations had come under scrutiny, and also the team’s inability to run the ball effectively.
Bates’ close friend, quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch also recently leaving the team and taking the offensive coordinator position at the University of Miami may have been a sign that Carroll was moving in a different direction.
So Seattle will have its fourth straight different offensive coordinator once the 2011 season begins, whenever that happens.