"Bates inherits the NFL’s 21st-ranked offense, but did spend a year with Pete Carroll at USC learning to work side-by-side with his new boss. Bates took over the playcalling duties for Denver in 2008, directing an offense that generated 6,333 yards and ranked second in the NFL. Getting Alex Gibbs to coach the offensive line and handle the run game is a big plus for Bates. Securing offensive talent like Russell Okung, Golden Tate and Leon Washington will help even more. The Seahawks were minus-8 in turnovers last year, but I would be very surprised if Carroll team didn’t flip that number to a plus-8. The big ‘if’ is the health of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, although the team does like what they have in backup Charlie Whitehurst."
Kirwan considers Bates to be one of five incoming coordinators who could have an immediate, positive impact on their football team.