Jets promote QB coach Jeremy Bates to offensive co-ordinator


Jeremy Bates is getting another chance at running an NFL offence.

The New York Jets promoted Bates from quarterbacks coach to offensive co-ordinator Wednesday, replacing the fired John Morton.

The team also hired Rick Dennison as offensive line coach/run game co-ordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach. Bates also will continue his duties as quarterbacks coach.

Bates takes over an offence that ranked 28th overall and struggled with consistency — resulting in Morton’s dismissal after just one season.

Bates was hired last off-season by coach Todd Bowles to work with the Jets’ quarterbacks after being out of football from 2013-16. The 41-year-old Bates has previous experience as an offensive co-ordinator, serving in that role for Seattle in 2010 under Pete Carroll.

“Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offence,” Bowles said in a statement issued by the team. “Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches.”

He has also worked as an assistant under Mike Shanahan in Denver and Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay during his coaching career.

The former college quarterback at Tennessee and Rice is the son of former college and NFL defensive co-ordinator Jim Bates.

The key question facing Jeremy Bates — as well as the entire franchise — is who his quarterback will be next season. He helped Josh McCown have the best season of his lengthy NFL career, but the 38-year-old quarterback is scheduled to be a free agent …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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