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Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler on USC's new quarterbacks coach

January 20, 2009 |  1:06 pm

Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler

Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler had hoped that the NFL team would retain quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates after Mike Shanahan was fired.

But USC Coach Pete Carroll hired Bates to coach quarterbacks and call plays for the Trojans.

Here's a statement from Cutler released today by the Broncos via USC:

Jeremy is one of the best offensive minds in football. He was extremely innovative with our offense and took our playbook to the next level with some of the things he did, keeping defenses off balance and changing our look but at the same time keeping it simple for us players. Some of the things he did were amazing to watch. He was always watching other teams and coming up with new ideas for our offense. He helped me grow into my third NFL season and helped me reach the Pro Bowl along with some of the other goals I set for myself. As a unit, our offense became one of the most productive in the league with Jeremy calling plays. He brought a lot of excitement to the meeting room and on the field. He made me want to come to work every day and get better. Jeremy will do great things in his new role, and USC couldn't have picked a better guy.

-- Gary Klein

Photo: Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. Credit: Andrew Gombert / EPA