Posted by Will Brinson
In a surprising turn of events, the Seattle Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates Tuesday.
The news was first reported by the NFL Network's Mike Lombardi, who tweeted that Seattle canned the first-year OC who followed Pete Carroll from Southern California.
What makes it particularly surprising is that just two weeks ago, Bates was being universally praised as the Seahawks whipped the Greg Williams-coached Saints defense in the wild-card round.
However, a quick look at the stats from the 2010 season show a Seahawk offense that wasn't exactly, um, "potent" -- Seattle averaged less than 300 total yards of offense per game, averaged 4.9 yards per play, converted just 35.5 percent of their third downs and averaged 27:33 time of possession, fourth-worst in the league.
Then again, Jay Cutler (43 yards) outrushed the Seattle offense (34 yards total) this past Sunday, so perhaps there's a logical reason for the personnel move. Or, there could be a candidate sitting out there that Carroll really wants to target. Like, say, Josh McDaniels, whose name immediately sprung to mind when the Bates firing was confirmed. And, as it turns out, the Seahawks have been talking to McDaniels since Monday.
CBSSports.com's Clark Judge reports that the Seahawks have a very good chance of landing McDaniels, but that he's still "50-50" for the job in St. Louis.
Either way, it's pretty clear that the Seahawks aren't above shuffling their coaching staff as often as they shuffle their roster in the early going of the Pete Carroll era.
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