The New York Jets have made official the long rumored promotion of quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator. The Jets also announced they have hired Rick Dennison as offensive line coach and run game coordinator, and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.
Bates, age 41, was hired last year by head coach Todd Bowles as the Jets quarterbacks coach. Bates previously worked for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under Jon Gruden from 2002-04, for the Jets under Herm Edwards in 2005 and for the Denver Broncos under Mike Shanahan from 2006-08. Following his time in Denver, Bates was an assistant head coach/offense for Pete Carroll at USC in 2009. Jeremy Bates also served as quarterbacks coach with the Chicago Bears in 2012, helping coach Josh McCown to his best NFL season prior to his 2017 campaign with the Jets.
Rick Dennison served as offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2017. From 2015-2016 Dennison was the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, helping the Broncos win Super Bowl 50. In 2014 Dennison served as the Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach, helping Joe Flacco set a then-career high with 3,986 passing yards in addition to 27 touchdown passes. From 2010-2013 Dennison was offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans. Prior to 2010 Dennison held a variety of positions with the Denver Broncos, including a three year span from 2006-2008 during which Jeremy Bates served under Dennison.
The 2018 season will be Steve Jackson’s 15th year as an NFL assistant coach. From 2016-2017 Jackson served as assistant secondary coach for the Tennessee Titans. Jackson also coached with the Detroit Lions in 2013, the Washington Redskins from 2004-11 and the Buffalo Bills from 2001-03.