Jets promote QB coach Jeremy Bates to offensive co-ordinator
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Jeremy Bates is getting another chance at running an NFL
The New York Jets promoted the quarterbacks coach to offensive
The team also hired Rick Dennison as offensive line coach/run game
Bates takes over an
Bates was hired last
"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful
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
The key question facing Jeremy Bates — as well as the entire franchise — is who the Jets' 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 and uncertain to return. New York also has Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the roster, but neither is considered the quarterback of the future.
The Jets could also be interested in Washington's Kirk Cousins if he becomes available with the Redskins trading for Kansas City's Alex Smith. New York holds the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft in April, and could target a quarterback with that selection.
Running back Matt Forte is uncertain to return, and a few other players on
Bates got his coaching career started in 2002 on Gruden's staff in Tampa Bay, working in offensive quality control before becoming the assistant quarterbacks coach in 2004. He went to the Jets the following season as Herman Edwards' quarterbacks coach. In 2006, Bates joined Shanahan's staff in Denver as an offensive assistant before becoming the Broncos' quarterbacks coach the next year.
He went to USC in 2009 to be the Trojans' assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach under Carroll, who brought Bates with him to Seattle in 2010 to be the offensive
After a year out of football, Bates was hired by Chicago as the Bears' quarterbacks coach, a stint that again lasted just one season when coach Lovie Smith was fired.
Bates spent the next four seasons away from football, including solo hiking the 2,900-mile Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada in 2014 — a soul-searching journey that took him about 5 1/2 months to complete.
"I think at the time it was the right time for me to step aside, find out some things about myself, and have the opportunity to do some other things outside of football," Bates said last June. "I did a lot of hiking, a lot of
Dennison most recently served as Buffalo's offensive
Jackson has spent 14 years as an assistant, including the last two as Tennessee's assistant secondary coach. He has also worked for Detroit, Washington and Buffalo.
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