Jeremy Bates
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Don’t look now, but New York Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates has actually caught on, implementing the NFL’s hot jet sweep principle.

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New York Jets fans who witnessed their team’s latest disappointing loss did so with mouths wide open and jaws dragging across the floor. Even more shocking is the reason behind such natural drooling due to facial expressions.

No, there was very little pain in watching the Jets lose. Sure, a win over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the final home game would have been a nice way to finish the home season. No, it wasn’t due to the idea Sam Darnold is flourishing before our very eyes (although that’s absolutely a ready to find yourself giddy all by yourself in your underwear on a chilly Sunday afternoon in the Northeast.

The mind-boggling reason jaws dragged across the floor in Week 16 was due to Jeremy Bates’s unforeseen yet promising playcalling.

For 15 weeks, the Jets offense showcased as stale as a month-long opened-package of Ritz Crackers. He carried around the old-school, out-of-date Bill Walsh-west coast mindset that plagued the offensive personnel at every turn.

From empty sets to carrying the 1980s Todd Bowles philosophy of force-feeding the rush on early downs, young Darnold not only had to battle the opponent and natural growth, but his own system as well.

On Sunday, against Green Bay, Bates actually sprinkled in the concept that’s earning five stars across the NFL: the jet sweep.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is the man who really pushed it to professional football in 2018. Striking in Week 1, the deadly triangle of Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt used the principle to stun the opponent. They continued on with the concept to this very day with great success.

Bates joining the party has meant more success for Darnold.

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