The biggest trait Jeremy Bates brings to the Jets
Now that the New York Jets made it official, new offensive coordinator, Jeremy Bates, brings a whole lot to the table. Especially one huge trait that should bode well for quarterbacks playing next season.
Once the New York Jets made it official, fans knew that new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates was the best person to fill the void of John Morton. Bates did a solid job last season with the Jets developing and putting veteran quarterback Josh McCown in a position to thrive as his quarterback’s coach.
Now that Bates was promoted to offensive coordinator, it bodes well for future quarterbacks who will do their best to finally bring an above-average play to the most important position on the team. Bates has a knack for getting the most out of his quarterbacks and figures to bring a balanced playbook to the Jets offense in 2018.
One of the many reasons Morton was fired this offseason was being too one-dimensional on offense last year. Morton was too pass-happy and numerous times, it was against the overall strategy against certain opponents where either running the football or having a balanced approach could have earned the Jets a few more wins.
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This is where Bates should be able to step in and make the Jets offense a strength again. The biggest trait he brings to the Jets is the fact that he’s somewhat of a quarterback whisperer. Look at what he did last season with McCown, who many believed would have been the worst quarterback in 2017 due to his age and inability to get the job done.
McCown ended 2017 with the best stats of his 15-year career. He totaled 2,926 passing yards, 267 completions, 18 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Bates knows how to develop quarterbacks as that’s what he’s been doing for well over a decade now. In an article written by Darryl Slater of NJ.com, he wrote a great piece on things to know about Bates with a nice common theme of how he gets the most out of his quarterbacks.
Remember that one season where quarterback Jay Cutler, with the Denver Broncos at the time, had a career year? It was back in 2008 and his quarterback’s coach was none other than Bates. That season, Cutler totaled 4,526 passing yards, 384 completions, 25 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions. Believe it or not, that was the only time Cutler ever made a Pro Bowl and Bates had a major hand in his progression.
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Could Bates do the same for Christian Hackenberg? Maybe even Bryce Petty? It remains to be seen but based on last season, it looks like Petty already has one foot out the door. Either way, this was a smart move by the Jets to internally promote a coach who not only can get the most out of his starting quarterbacks but could finally make the Jets offense one that keeps those chains moving consistently and scores a plethora of touchdowns. Hopefully, the Jets have a better quarterback situation for next season with Bates ready to make the Jets offense one that clicks on all cylinders.