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Cutler thrilled to reunite with Bates

Posted Feb 7, 2012

With the Bears hiring Jeremy Bates as their quarterbacks coach, Jay Cutler is eager to try to replicate the success the two enjoyed during three seasons together with the Broncos.

With the Bears hiring Jeremy Bates as their quarterbacks coach, Jay Cutler is eager to try to replicate the success the two enjoyed during three seasons together with the Broncos.

Working closely with Bates in Denver from 2006-08, Cutler completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 9,024 yards, 54 touchdowns, 37 interceptions and an 87.1 passer rating in 37 starts.


Quarterback Jay Cutler is the Bears' all-time leader with an 82.1 passer rating.

“I’m very excited to be working with Jeremy Bates again,” Cutler told ChicagoBears.com Tuesday. “We got the right guy for the job.”

With the Broncos, Bates served as an offensive assistant in 2006, wide receivers/quarterbacks coach in 2007 and quarterbacks coach in 2008.

Cutler was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2008 while setting Broncos passing records for completions (384), attempts (616), yards (4,526) and 300-yard games (8). The quarterback was sacked only 11 times while operating an offense that ranked second in the NFL in total yards and third in passing yards.

Cutler said that Bates was “very responsible” for his success in Denver.

“He was very vital in my growth and my experience as a quarterback there,” Cutler said. “The last couple years he had full control of my development and our plays coming in.

“He’s a grinder. He’s a guy that’s going to work extremely hard to find weaknesses in defenses and he’s going to be able to present it to us in a way that we understand and will be able to make plays where we can take advantage of those weaknesses.”

After three seasons with the Bears, Cutler is the franchise’s all-time leader with an 82.1 passer rating and ranks second in completion percentage (59.9). He’s also tied for fourth in touchdown passes (63) and ranks fifth in completions (779), sixth in attempts (1,301) and seventh in yards (9,259).

In 2011, Cutler completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,319 yards with 13 touchdowns, seven interceptions and an 85.7 passer rating in leading the Bears to a 7-3 record before being lost for the season with a fractured thumb.

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