Just a hunch, but Bates was on Gailey's staff in Dallas as assistant coach/defensive line. They were also on the staff of the dolphins together, Gailey was the OC and Bates the DC. Bates usually runs the 4-3 and likes the smaller lbs, so it seems to be a fit. I remember when we were replacing Mularkey, a lot of people wanted Sherman as HC and figured Bates would come in as DC. Bates was the DC for Tampa this year before being fired by Morris in November.