One thing I’ve heard recently at USC is that the Seattle Seahawks were keen to hire Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator and wanted him to control which assistants were hired offensively instead of Pete Carroll. And this supposedly was one of the things the Seahawks told Carroll before they hired him.
Now I find it hard to believe anyone wanted Bates to do anything, but the theory is designed to explain why Pat Ruel never made it to Seattle and why Bates handpicked his offensive assistants.
In order to believe this theory, I would need to know if any Seahawks executives met Bates. If they did, than it would be impossible to believe he would have such control.