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By PFW staff

The Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates on Tuesday. Bates came to Seattle with Pete Carroll after being Carroll's assistant at USC. NFL Network's Michael Lombardi first reported the news.

In his first season with the Seahawks, Bates led an offense that ranked 28th in the league and 31st in rushing. The Seahawks went 7-9 and won the NFC West before upsetting the Saints in the wild-card round of the playoffs. They were eliminated by the Bears last Sunday.

Bates has spent time in the NFL with the Broncos, Buccaneers and Jets.

The way we see it

The Seahawks' offense clearly needed an improvement, and Carroll was willing to fire Bates, his assistant at Southern California. Carroll has already lost assistants Jedd Fisch, Dan Quinn and Jerry Gray to the college ranks and will need to do quite the overhaul of his staff after just one season.

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