Bates, Packers Agree To Part Ways

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The Green Bay Packers announced Monday that defensive coordinator Jim Bates and the team have mutually agreed to part ways.

"I have great respect for Jim Bates as a defensive football coach," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "He and I have gotten together on a couple occasions over the last several days to discuss him as the defensive coordinator on my staff. Ultimately, we agreed that the best course of action for both of us would be for the Packers to go in a different direction."

In yards allowed per game last season, the Packers ranked seventh overall, 23rd against the run and first against the pass. Green Bay also finished the year ninth in yards per play, eighth in sacks per pass play, ninth in third-down efficiency, tied for 19th in points per game and 22nd in red zone efficiency.

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