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I got this from an ESPN\Associated press article:
"In addition to Phillips, Thompson said Monday he will speak to current Packers defensive coordinator Jim Bates about the job."
Well, there it is. I do not know when they will announce the hiring, but Monday should all but seal the deal.
I have seen the list of interviews lined up, and none of them excite me. Also, hiring from within increases the odds of Favre coming back. If Bates is moved to HEAD COACH, he will have good input on our new DC, so our defense should remain the same, if not better(we were what, 7th overall thsi year? amazing, really). Then Bates and TT would work together to get an offensive coordinator who is worth something.
I will honestly be surprised if Bates isn't named the head coach before next friday. If it doesn't happen, please, don't feel shy about telling me I was wrong...because I strongly believe this. I almost jumped out of my chair just seeing Bates was going to be interviewed(even though I knew it was going to happen).