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NFL | Bates missing the game

Chris Havel, of PackersNews.com, reports former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Jim Bates misses the NFL. For the first time in 37 years, Bates isn't spending late July gearing up to coach another football season. "I'm starting to miss it now," he said. "I've always enjoyed the preseason and training camp. It's a grind, but it's a fun time, too. You're putting in a system, the players are coming together and there's the challenge of it all. This time of year everyone is full of optimism and anything's still possible." His long-range plan is to study the NFL inside and out, consider his options and be prepared to return to coaching next season. His short-term goal is to travel, get in tip-top shape and enjoy the free time while it lasts.

2006-07-26 06:05:41 | Source:

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