The New York Jets are expected to promote quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Bates is highly-regarded in the Jets organization. He replaces John Morton, who was fired last week after just one season as offensive coordinator.
Bates resurfaced last season with the Jets after a four-year hiatus from coaching.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles praised Morton at the end of the season, saying he was “happy with John and everything he did this year,” but Bowles ultimately decided to make the move because of philosophical differences, sources told ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
Bowles felt Morton was too pass-reliant, a sentiment echoed in the locker room. Several players were unhappy with his playcalling throughout the season, ESPN reported on Jan. 1. He “thinks we’re the New Orleans Saints, playing in a dome,” one player said, alluding to Morton’s previous team.
Members of the coaching staff also clashed with Morton, sources told Cimini. They expressed concern about his ability to design and execute a consistent running game.