DENVER -- Denver Broncos defensive boss Jim Bates resigned on Tuesday after the team limped to a 7-9 record in his first year on the job.
Bates' departure was expected. The Broncos finished 19th in overall defense and 30th against the run.
Bates said he was "very saddened that things did not work out."
There was no immediate word on a replacement. Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said the Broncos would have no comment beyond Bates' statement.
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