Jeremy Bates
Personal information
Born: (1976-08-27) August 27, 1976 (age 47)
Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Offensive quality control (2002–2003)
    Assistant quarterbacks (2004)
  • New York Jets
    Quarterbacks (2005)
  • Denver Broncos
    Offensive assistant (2006)
    Wide receivers (2007)
    Quarterbacks (2007–2008)
  • USC
    Assistant head coach/quarterbacks (2009)
  • Seattle Seahawks
    Offensive coordinator (2010)
  • Chicago Bears
    Quarterbacks (2012)
  • New York Jets
    Quarterbacks (2017–2018)
    Offensive coordinator (2018)
Coaching stats at PFR

Jeremy Bates (born August 27, 1976) is an American football coach and former player. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL), a position he assumed in February 2012. Bates has previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks and quarterbacks coach for the USC Trojans football team.[1]

Personal life

Bates is the son of former long-time collegiate and NFL coach Jim Bates and attended high school in Sevierville, Tennessee. He played quarterback at the University of Tennessee before transferring to Rice University, where he also played baseball. Bates completed his bachelor's degree in 1999 at Rice.[1] In 2014, Bates hiked the 2,900-mile Continental Divide Trail (CDT), completing a five-month trek across the Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada alone, trekking 20–30 miles per day with a 40 to 60 pound backpack.[2][3]

Coaching career

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bates began his coaching career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an offensive quality control coach from 2002 to 2003; the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002. In 2004, he was promoted to the position of assistant quarterbacks coach, working closely with head coach Jon Gruden and quarterbacks coach John Shoop.

New York Jets

He was the New York Jets' quarterbacks coach in 2005; due to a series of injuries the team fielded five different quarterbacks that season, notably Brooks Bollinger.[4]

Denver Broncos

Bates joined the Denver Broncos in 2006. In his first season, he served as an offensive assistant, helping offensive coordinator Rick Dennison coach the offensive line. In 2007, he served as wide receivers/quarterbacks coach, and in 2008 as quarterbacks coach, both seasons working closely with quarterback Jay Cutler. In 2008, Bates called the offensive plays for the Broncos, helping Cutler become a Pro Bowl selection and the team to have the NFL's second-most productive offense (1st in the AFC).[5]

At the end of the 2008 NFL regular season, longtime head coach Mike Shanahan was fired and replaced by Josh McDaniels. Due to the uncertainty, Bates began looking for a new position.[6]

USC Trojans

On January 19, 2009, USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll hired Bates to replace outgoing coach Carl Smith, who had only taken the quarterbacks job two weeks earlier before moving back to the NFL. Smith had replaced Steve Sarkisian, who had taken the head coaching position of the Washington Huskies after serving as both quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator; John Morton had been promoted to offensive coordinator. Bates called plays from the field while Morton worked from the coaches' booth in the press box, similar to a previous arrangement run by the Trojans during the 2005–2006 seasons between Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin, respectively.[1][6]

Seattle Seahawks

On January 12, 2010, former USC Trojans' head coach Pete Carroll was introduced as the head coach and executive vice-president of the Seattle Seahawks. In 2010 Bates withdrew from consideration for the Bears offensive coordinator job, which eventually went to Mike Martz.[7] It was reported shortly after that Bates would join Carroll's staff as offensive coordinator.[8] Bates was fired on January 18, 2011. A difference in "philosophy" was stated as being the reason behind the move.[9]

Chicago Bears

Bates joined the Chicago Bears on February 7, 2012, as the quarterbacks coach under offensive coordinator Mike Tice, a move which reunited him with quarterback Jay Cutler.[10] On January 17, 2013, Bates was among seven coaches not retained by new head coach Marc Trestman.[11]

Return to New York

On February 8, 2017, The New York Jets announced that they were bringing him back in to be their Quarterbacks coach under Head Coach Todd Bowles.

On February 14, 2018, the Jets promoted Bates to offensive coordinator.[12] On January 24, 2019, Bates was fired.


  1. ^ a b c "Jeremy Bates Staff Biography". University of Southern California Athletics. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Cimini, Rich (July 27, 2017). "After conquering 3,000-mile trail, coach faces new challenge: Jets QBs". ESPN.
  3. ^ Slater, Darryl (January 22, 2018). "8 things to know about Jeremy Bates, Jets' new OC".
  4. ^ Myers, Gary (January 17, 2010). "Another bad season may force New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin out of his job". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Pompei, Dan (January 10, 2010). "Jeremy Bates has strong rep as offensive mind". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Gary Klein, Trojans hire Broncos' Jeremy Bates for key post, Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2009, Accessed January 21, 2009.
  7. ^ "Source: No Cutler reunion for Bates". ESPN. January 11, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Seahawks introduce new coach Carroll". ESPN. January 12, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  9. ^ O'Neill, Danny (January 18, 2011). "Confirmed: Jeremy Bates fired as Seahawks offensive coordinator". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  10. ^ Biggs, Brad (February 7, 2012). "New Bears QB coach has ties to Cutler". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  11. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 17, 2013). "Trestman in process of assembling coaching staff". Chicago Bears. Archived from the original on February 28, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  12. ^ Shook, Nick (February 14, 2018). "Jets name Jeremy Bates offensive coordinator".