The Jets expected to promote quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator, league sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The OC job opened up last week when the Jets relieved John Morton of his duties.
Bates has been the Jets’ top choice for the OC gig for a while, but he was reluctant to change jobs. Over the last week or so, the Jets managed to talk him into the promotion. Head coach Todd Bowles has emphasized the importance of keeping things steady from season to season and he has managed to do that, despite the change.
“It’s always good to have consistency and continuity, but in the NFL things change all the time,” Bowles said recently. “You have to be ready. If we keep the same scheme, that’s great. If we have to change for whatever reason, we’ll go from there.”
Bates is now an NFL offensive coordinator for the second time in his coaching career. His first stint came in 2010 with Pete Carroll‘s Seahawks, but lasted just one season.
Last year, the Jets offense finished 28th in total yards, 29th in first downs, 24th in passing yards, and 19th in rushing yards. If the Jets are to top their five wins from last season, they’ll have to do better across the board under Bates’ watch.
Bates got the most out of veteran Josh McCown last season and the Jets are hopeful that he can construct the right offense for their next quarterback, whoever he may be. The Jets have some holes to fill, but the good news for Bates is that they are armed with the No. 6 pick, lots of cap room, and some quality pieces, including a healthy Quincy Enunwa.
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