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Jeremy Bates stresses communication in development of Sam Darnold

By Luis Tirado Jr.
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 29: Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans looks to throw against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half of the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between USC and Ohio State at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 29: Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans looks to throw against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half of the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between USC and Ohio State at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
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Newly promoted offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates recently spoke about what will be key in quarterback Sam Darnold’s development with the New York Jets. It’s all about communication in the grand scheme of things.

When the New York Jets drafted quarterback Sam Darnold in the 2018 NFL Draft, it sent the football world into a frenzy. For once, the Jets now drafted a quarterback that is worth talking about due to the potential he brings to the franchise. Of course, Darnold will need some time to transition into the pro game but the future as of now looks very bright for the Jets and what he brings to the table.

Ideally, the Jets are putting Darnold in a great situation since they have veteran quarterbacks ready to show him the ropes. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates will also have a huge part in Darnold’s development to not only break down the playbook for execution but catering to his unique strengths once his number is called.

Darnold is a smart quarterback and has a high football IQ so he should pick things up fine but one thing that Bates is stressing about his early development is communication. Having a clear understanding of both an offensive coordinator and quarterback point of view will only help everyone out once regular season games are being played and the playbook is being adjusted based on the weekly opposition.

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In an article written by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, here’s what Bates said about grooming Darnold to be the next franchise quarterback of the Jets:

“That’s a huge step in the process in terms of him knowing exactly what’s going through my mind and being able to communicate that with each other,” Darnold said of cultivating a relationship with Bates. “It’s just about communication. If we can communicate, anything is really possible in terms of being able to win games.”

Just like Bates said, it’s all about winning football games and making sure that communication is flowing in every aspect of the game. From Bates to Darnold to Darnold and his teammates, making sure everyone is on the same page will undoubtedly pay off in the long run.

By the looks of it, Bates is ready for the task at hand at preparing Darnold for his eventual rise to being the next franchise quarterback of the Jets for many years to come. It won’t be easy as there will be some obstacles here and there but for the most part, expect to see these two extensively prepare and communicate for what should be a bright future for Darnold under center.

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