Jets hire new offensive coordinator
The New York Jets promoted quarterback coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator on Feb.14, 2018, replacing the fired John Morton.
Bates takes over the Jets’ offense, which was ranked number 28 overall last season. The team's struggles with consistency resulted in Morton being fired last season, according to USA Today.
Bates was hired by coach Todd Bowles. The 41-year-old Bates has experience being an offensive coordinator: he was a coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.
Bates has also worked as an assistant for the Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense. 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," Bowles told USA Today.
Bates has a large responsibility as offensive coordinator, such as choosing who the next quarterback is going to be. Some think the team may pursue free agent Kirk Cousins.
The Jets have also hired Rick Dennison as offensive line coach and run game coordinator. The team also hired Steve Jackson as assistant defensive back coach, according to USA Today.