The New York Jets have promoted quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator after the team fired John Morton after one season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Bates is entering his second season as New York’s quarterbacks coach after being hired by the team nearly a year ago.
Bates doesn’t have much play calling experience. He spent one season as Seattle’s offensive coordinator in 2010, during which the Seahawks qualified for the postseason with a 7-9 record. The offense wasn’t Seattle’s strength, however, and ranked 29th in total offense while averaging a modest 19.4 points per game.
Bates can be credited for aiding Josh McCown during his career season. McCown threw for 2,926 yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 starts this season.
Bates’ biggest job will be finding and developing a franchise quarterback, something past offensive coordinators and quarterback coaches have failed to do. The Jets own the 6th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and should have oodles of salary cap space to work with. Bates’ first order will be to find his guy and develop a system and weaponry around that quarterback’s skill set.
Bates will be the third offensive coordinator in four years of the Todd Bowles regime. He better get this promotion right, or else it could spell doom for his tenure with the team.