Jets officially name Bates offensive coordinator

From ESPN - February 14, 2018

The New York Jets finally made it official, announcing Wednesday that Jeremy Bates will be their new offensive coordinator.

Bates, who served as the quarterbacks coach in 2017, will replace John Morton, who was fired after one season. Bates will continue to coach the quarterbacks.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on January 22 that Bates was expected to get the job, but there was a curious delay in the process. A source said it was simply a matter of logistics, and that Bates' promotion never was in doubt.

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense," coach Todd Bowles said. "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."

The Jets are hoping Bates can help them sign prospective free agent Kirk Cousins. Their connection is Mike Shanahan. Bates worked under Shanahan in Denver, and Shanahan later became Cousins' first coach with the Washington Redskins.

In interviews at the Super Bowl, Cousins said he would be excited to work under Bates.


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