The Jets promoted Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on Wednesday.
Bates, 41, served as the quarterbacks coach last season and was praised by coach Todd Bowles for his work with veteran starter Josh McCown and backups Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. Bates replaces John Morton, who was let go after one season as the offensive coordinator.
The Jets offense struggled for much of last season under Morton. They finished 19th in rushing (106.4 yards), 24th in points (18.6) and 24th in passing (198.9). There was some grumbling among the players, including running back Matt Forte, about the play-calling.
“Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve,” Bowles said of Bates in a statement. “I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches.”
This is Bates’ second chance as an offensive coordinator. In 2010, Bates had the job with the Seahawks, who finished 28th in yards (4,765), 31st in rushing (1,424) and 23rd in points (19.4).
The Jets also hired Rick Dennison as the offensive line coach/run game coordinator. Dennison was the Bills’ offensive coordinator last season and held the same position during the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 championship season.
Bates and Dennison worked together with the Broncos from 2006 to 2008.
The Jets also announced the hiring of Steve Jackson as the assistant defensive backs coach replacing Daylon McCutcheon, who left the organization to spend more time with his family. Jackson spent the last two seasons as the Titans’ assistant secondary coach.