It is a feat many try, but fail to succeed. And no, it isn't climbing Mount Everest.
However, the stakes seem to be as high as the infamous mountain for the Jets' latest offensive coordinator in Jeremy Bates. The job security for his newest title in the Jets' organization is one of high volatility.
Going back to Brian Schottenheimer last season before he was fired in 2011, the Jets have had six offensive coordinators in eight years. But Bates is ready to change the narrative.
"It's exciting," he told ESPN's Rich Cimini of his new job. "It's a fun responsibility."
Bates' responsiblity last season was trying to lead the Jets out of Quarterback Hell, but he didn't truly have the personnel to do so. This season, though, Sam Darnold, the Jets No. 3 overall pick, comes in as hopefully the team's savior. Teddy Bridgewater is also the Jets' roster, as well as veteran Josh McCown to round out the group.
The main priority is certainly Darnold, and Bates is expected to groom him into their franchise quarterback. Yes, it will be a tough road by both Darnold and Bates. But, for both parties, success will result in job security.
This is why the stakes are so high, and the climb to reach that success is at an all-time high for Bates. Luckily, Bates knows a thing or two about climbing. After the Bears let him go in 2012, Bates hiked the 3,000-mile Continental Divide Trail, from New Mexico to Canada. He also hiked the Appalachian Trail last year.
"I did take a little sabbatical," Bates said. "Anytime you get fired, you can look at it one or two ways: You can either not think about it and try to become a better person and a better coach, or you can just move on. I obviously took a lot of time by myself and thought about some things, and I look forward to seeing how they turn out."
For things to turn out nicely, getting Darnold NFL ready as quickly as possible would be the right start. Darnold has said he's learned a lot from Bates, who has been adamant in not treating the No. 3 pick like a rookie. In fact, during minicamp, Bates "threw the whole playbook at him" to see what he could handle. And a team source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that Darnold does have a "real chance" to be New York's Week 1 starter.
"It's awesome that he's able to sit with us, and that he's had experience with quarterbacks," Darnold told Cimini. "We're able to go through the playbook, and he understands what we're thinking. He's able to understand when I'm looking at the defense. Even just on tape, if he sees my helmet looking one way or the other, he understands what I'm thinking, just because he's coached quarterbacks for so long and because he was one. It all goes hand in hand."
As much as Darnold has impressed early on, so has Bates. Only time will tell how far that duo can lead the Jets.