Defensive coach, Jim Bates, left the organization in a peaceful manner saying, “I’m very thankful for the opportunity and very saddened that things did not work out. I had the opportunity to stay…and the final decision, for the Broncos and for me, was to step aside.” (Mason’s Morsels).
Is that why John Lynch might decide to postpone retirement?
The fill-in for Bates is Bob Slowik who was the Broncos defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach last season (Rocky Mountain News).
What’s the word? Did Jim Bates deserve one more season with the Broncos to prove himself, or did the 7-9 season and a 28th ranking in scoring allowance per game rightfully push him out the door? Either way, P.O. wishes him success in future endeavors…just not against the Broncos.