Jets promote QB coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator

Jets Jeremy Bates Rick Dennison

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense", head coach Todd Bowles said in comments on the Jets website.

Bates was the Jets' QBs coach in 2005, a season which saw him mentor Chad Pennington, Vinny Testaverde, Jay Fiedler, Brooks Bollinger and current Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

"With the Jets, the first thing that stands out is Jeremy Bates has a connection to coach Shanahan", he told ESPN's NFL Live.

Bates got his coaching career started in 2002 on Gruden's staff in Tampa Bay, working in offensive quality control before becoming the assistant quarterbacks coach in 2004. Morton will continue to serve as New York's QB coach in addition to his new role.

Bates takes over an offense that ranked 28th overall and struggled with consistency. The team also hired Rick Dennison as offensive line coach/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.

This is Bates' second chance as an offensive coordinator.

The former college quarterback at Tennessee and Rice is the son of former college and National Football League defensive coordinator Jim Bates.

Dennison most recently was the Bills' offensive coordinator. His offense finished 29th in total yardage but sixth in rushing.

Dennison, 59, held that title across two stints with the Broncos, helping the team to a victory in Super Bowl 50. He went to the Jets the following season as Herman Edwards' quarterbacks coach. They finished 19th in rushing (106.4 yards), 24th in points (18.6) and 24th in passing (198.9).

A Colorado State alum, Dennison signed as an undrafted free agent linebacker with the Broncos in 1982.

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. His past two seasons he was Tennessee's assistant secondary coach.

As a player, Jackson spent his entire nine-season pro career with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise.

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