Jets promote Bates to OC/QBs, hire Dennison

The New York Jets have added offensive coordinator to quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates' title and hired Rick Dennison as offensive line coach/run game coordinator, the team announced Wednesday.

The 2017 season was the first of Bates' second stint as the Jets' QBs coach, after he held the same position for one year in 2005. He will replace John Morton, who was fired in January after one season as OC, as the team's play caller and game-plan builder.

"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 a statement. "Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches."

Bates, 41, has one year of experience as an offensive coordinator, in 2010 with the Seattle Seahawks, and was out of coaching from 2013-16. He previously coached for the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with his three years in Denver (2006-08) overlapping with Dennison's tenure as the team's offensive coordinator.

Dennison, 59, held that title across two stints with the Broncos, helping the team to a victory in Super Bowl 50. He spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, who finished 29th in yards and 22nd in points, but sixth in total rushing.

The Jets also announced the hiring of Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach. Jackson held the same position in Tennessee over the last two seasons.

--Field Level Media

02/14/2018 20:22

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