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Greg Olson has his interview & Bears say no thanks to Jeremy Bates

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As reported by Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Olson had his interview for passing game coordinator / QB coach on Thursday at Halas Hall. It was also reported that Jay Cutler's former QB coach in Denver, Jeremy Bates, is no longer in the mix. Apparently his spurning the Bears in 2010 when he was considered for the offensive coordinator job irked some of the Bears brass. Grudge much? McClure's source also tells him that the Bates-Cutler relationship was "overstated", so his exclusion sounds like a good thing.

The other two leading candidates for the job are both currently busy, Clyde Christensen is still technically the offensive coordinator of the Colts and Jedd Fisch who is the O.C. at the University of Miami. Fisch has a Cutler connection if that's what their going for, from the Trib;

Fisch, also a member of the Broncos coaching staff when Cutler played there, interviewed for the Bears quarterbacks coach opening in 2007 but the team hired Pep Hamilton instead. Hamilton was fired after the '09 season.

If I were Fisch I'd hold a grudge against the Bears for going with Pep...

Former Jaguar O.C. Dirk Koetter is still in the mix, but he has a shot at the O.C. position with the Atlanta Falcons and the University Of Alabama.

There's also some news on the G.M. search front, from the same article.

As for the Bears' search for a general manager, no interviews were conducted Thursday. The team received permission to interview Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery, Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht, Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye and Giants college scouting director Marc Ross. Raye's interview is scheduled for Tuesday, while the others remain unknown.