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Jim Bates

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2009 fourth round pick, Kyle Moore, who struggled through a myriad of nagging injuries en-route to a subpar rookie season after gaining weight to be better suited to play in former defensive coordinator Jim Bates’ 2-gap scheme. Was visibly sluggish after ballooning up to 285-pounds, but has since dropped 22-pounds this off-season… Read More

Bates On Bills Radar

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Jim Bates, who was re-leaved of his duties 10-games into the 2009 season. Is garnering interest from recently hired Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey. According to Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune Gailey is eyeing Bates to become his defensive coordinator in Buffalo. Bates who spent two years… Read More

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris met late into the night, Monday with general manager Mark Dominik to discuss the ousting of defensive coordinator Jim Bates. After a dismal showing through ten games, in which the defense is ranked 26th overall and allowing 169.7 rushing yards per game. But news of the unfolding event… Read More

The ugly truth of the matter is that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense is horrible in pressuring opposing quarterbacks, stopping the run, and third down percentage. Surrendering an eye popping 1,506 rushing yards, a gaudy 167.3 yards per game, a 4.9 yards per carry average, allowing teams to convert 42% on third downs 49/116. Then… Read More

Bates’ Defends Adams

Defensive coordinator Jim Bates answered critics who bashed third year DE Gaines Adams’s performance after Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. Bates, who has helped the careers of many past pupils under his tutelage reach super-stardom, spoke with Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune. Bates suggested looking at the tape, and the tape doesn’t lie. It’s… Read More

Just how effective will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense be in 2009, you ask? Well if pre-season is an early indicator, fans need not fret over the new scheme under defensive coordinator Jim Bates. The team is giving up 3.30 yards per carry,as a whole, but based on the numbers the right side consisting of… Read More

New defensive coaches hedging bets that the man- to- man coverage being deployed in the secondary will allow for far greater pressure by a re-tooled defensive line. Per John Romano, of the St.Pete Times who caught up with several of Tampa Bay’s new defensive coaches including seasoned defensive coordinator Jim Bates. With the most basic… Read More

Traditionally the Buccaneers have never really been big on selling out when it comes to bringing pressure, but that could change with five man, six and even seven man blitz packages. Based on some of the personnel groupings in which third year pro Quincy Black is going to be used as a hybrid type of… Read More

Veteran cornerback, Ronde Barber rejected advances by the media Barber breaks silencethroughout the off-season to discuss the reasoning why he was kept, when other veteran players were cut, but is confident enough to know that he can make a smooth transition from the Tampa 2 zone coverage scheme that was run under the guidance of… Read More

With the Buccaneers five days from there first training camp practice, to kick off the 2009 season. There are six burning camp questions that desperately need answering before the home opener, although many might not have a definitive answer until after the season is over. Who will be the starting quarterback once the dust settles… Read More

Read Conflict is the inability of a defender to interpret a blockers intentions due to a multitude of blocks initiated by a similar or common move. There are typically numerous different blocking patterns / schemes a defensive lineman must be able to deduce before he engages a blocker to determine his strategy and mode of… Read More

No need to worry Buccaneer fans, starting middle linebacker Barrett Ruud showed for the team mandatory mini camp. Even though he is miffed at the lack of contract talks he arrived and participated in drills. Ruud has not ruled out the idea of holding out of training camp in the hopes of getting the team… Read More

While most defenses are sound by design, call me intrigued by what the new scheme will entail for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under the guidance of defensive coordinator Jim Bates. For the most part, it will still look somewhat familiar to many, but with little intricate differences. You here some say he doesn’t have the… Read More

Former Buccaneer Pro-bowler John Lynch is returning home to where his career started. Lynch who played fifteen season in the NFL, will be the color analyst for Bucs preseason telecasts on WFLA-TV this season. It seems the early theme around the world wide web today was former players returning home or wanting to come home… Read More