The New York Jets found their OC in Jeremy Bates. Is a former Gang Green signal-caller about to take over his old gig?
Again, this isn’t a surprising move. It was certainly the easiest choice to make and sometimes, the simplest answer is the best answer. In this situation, I tend to agree. Bates coached Josh McCown to his best season of his career at the ripe age of 38.
Bates has had an interesting coaching career that has seen him spend time with six different organizations. Most notably, he took five years away from the NFL, from 2012 through 2017, but returned to the game this past season with the Jets and didn’t miss a beat.
Although the big question on the minds of Jets fans is who the heck will replace Bates as the quarterbacks coach? According to one insider, that answer may also be a simple one.
“It’s not clear if Bates will retain his role as the quarterbacks coach, but [Todd] Bowles may look to add a coach to assist Bates”, ESPN Insider Rich Cimini reported.
This is the first I’ve heard of this possibility so it’s something to certainly keep an eye on.
If the Jets decide to hire a new man for the job, a popular suggestion is former Gang Green quarterback Chad Pennington. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but I spoke with Jets Reporter Eric Allen who said this: “Pennington won’t be working with the team in any kind of official capacity anywhere in the near future. He enjoys working with kids and spending time with his family.”
Spoke w/ Jets Reporter @eallenjets who works regularly with Chad Pennington, he won't be working w/ the team in that kind of capacity anywhere in the near future. He enjoys working w/ kids and enjoying his own family. #Jets https://t.co/xp2tlkEll9
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) January 22, 2018
Not that I needed it, but Allen confirmed the report on Twitter as well.
This is 100% accurate. https://t.co/bU36t3LHFk
— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) January 22, 2018