Todd Bowles explains change of offensive coordinators
Head coach Todd Bowles knew all about the frustrations on offense last season due to being too pass happy. With a new offensive coordinator being promoted internally, Bowles explains why he made yet another change at the position.
Pass. Pass. Pass. 4th and 6. Punt. Yeah, last season for the New York Jets was a whole lot of this as it was indeed an interesting year, especially when it came to offense. The Jets were inconsistent when it came to scoring touchdowns and especially in keeping those chains moving. Towards the end of last year, their offense was abysmal to watch and yet, there was a common theme.
The Jets passed more in the majority of their games compared to actually committing to running the football. Now, the Jets are far from their days of being a successful ground-and-pound offense but it just didn’t make sense for them to be so pass happy, especially in rainy conditions or when they were going up against an opponent that struggled against the run.
Then offensive coordinator John Morton must have gotten confused and thought these were the New York Saints due to his previous stint in New Orleans. Needless to say, head coach Todd Bowles knew that change needed to happen and replaced him internally this offseason with quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates.
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In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, here is what Bowles had to say about making yet another change at offensive coordinator with the Jets:
“Just certain things from a schematic standpoint that you like to mesh together that I don’t feel meshed as well last year from what we were doing that I think will be coordinated a little better this year. And again, this is not a knock on Mort. I think John did a heck of a job and he was put in a tough spot, but we found out that this will be a better situation for us going forward.”
In the grand scheme of things, Bates knows that a team must have a balance when it comes to an offensive playbook. Unless you have a prolific quarterback with top-notch receiving options, yeah, it makes sense to pass the football more since you have the weapons to be successful. Same thing if you have a game-changing running back with an above average offensive line that can dominate a football game by committing to the run.
Bowles did the right thing since not only is Bates highly respected within the organization, but he should make the Jets offense run more efficiently and use common football sense based on conditions and opponents. Hopefully, Bates pushes the envelope on offense since surely, it can only get better based on what the football world saw last year.