Seahawks fire Offensive Coordinator Jeremy Bates

Jeremy Bates has been fired as the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator. The news was first reported on the NFL Network, and has subsequently been confirmed by The Seattle Times.

Bates came to Seattle with coach Pete Carroll in January 2010 after serving as Carroll’s offensive coordinator at USC in 2009. Bates previously worked under Mike Shanahan in Denver and Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay.

Seattle’s offense was a sore spot for most of this season, and finished with one of the lowest rushing averages in franchise history. Only the Colts rushed for fewer yards in the NFL this season.

In the Seahawks’ playoff game, the offense punted eight times in eight possessions in the first half and the Seahawks trailed by 28 points before getting the ball inside the Chicago 40-yard line.

The firing comes after a year in which Bates dealt with a number of changes, from the abrupt retirement of offensive line coach Alex Gibbs a week before the regular season started to the fact the team started 10 different offensive-line configurations in 16 regular-season games.