This week leading up to the next New York Jets game, our weekly spotlight is on the offensive coordinator, Jeremy Bates, who is crucial to a win this week.
The New York Jets are looking to get back to .500 after last week’s loss to Cleveland. They have a tough task to get there, facing the Jaguars in Jacksonville.
With that, it is time for the weekly preview. Over the first three games we have taken a look at three separate players. This week we are moving to the coaching staff to profile offensive coordinator, Jeremy Bates.
To some, Bates was an interesting choice. When he joined Todd Bowles‘ staff in 2017, he had been out of football since 2012. His last job prior to the Jets was as the quarterbacks coach of the Bears.
That year, he helped Jay Cutler lead the Bears to a 10-6 record, falling outside of the playoffs.
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2012 was not the first time Jeremy Bates worked with Jay Cutler.
Bates was with the Broncos from 2006-2008 and Cutler posted his only Pro Bowl season in 2008, completing 62% of his passes.
Bates was in New York previous, as the Jets quarterback coach in 2005.
The last time he was an offensive coordinator was in 2010 when he served the role for the Seattle Seahawks.
So, why are we talking about Jeremy Bates? Did I suddenly forget about the 22 players that will actually be on the field on Sunday?
Far from it. We talk about Bates because he has a crucial game plan to write. It’s going to take a solid plan to beat the Jaguars this week.
So far, the Jaguars have only recorded seven sacks, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required). But that doesn’t mean they aren’t getting to the quarterback. They are getting that done quite well actually.
So far in 2018, the Jaguars have registered 48 pressures and 35 hurries. That’s over ten of each per game so far. Opposing quarterbacks may be avoiding sacks but that doesn’t mean that throws aren’t being negatively affected.
Bates is going to have to keep a back in to help with pass protection fairly often. Going empty backfield is not going to be good for Sam Darnold. Especially if the Jaguars bring inside pressure which they did at times against the Titans last week.
The interior of the Jets line hasn’t been exactly good thus far.
They must get the ball out quickly and set the receivers up ahead of the defenders to run after the catch. Set them up past the sticks on third down plays. Give Darnold a chance.
It’s up to Bates.