It's been reported that the top candidate for the Jets offensive coordinator vacancy is Jeremy Bates, currently the team's quarterbacks coach after returning to the league following a four-year hiatus from football.
Former NFL QB and current ESPN analyst Matt Hasselbeck crossed paths with Bates in Seattle in 2010, where Bates was the OC and Hasselbeck the starting QB.
"Just turn on the 2008 Mike Shanahan film," said Hasselbeck, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. "That's his vision for the offense he'd like to run."
Perhaps 2008 wasn't the best year to point to, as Shanahan's 13 year tenure in charge of the Broncos came to an end after an 8-8 season, though just three seasons removed from going 13-3. In 2008, though, the team's passing offense was third best in the NFL.
Hasselbeck paints a picture of Bates, describing what he's like during a typical game week.
"He's very fiery. He has kind of a temper," Hasselbeck said. "There's an aggressiveness to him during the week, but on game day he's very calm, very poised. It's really remarkable. It's night and day. Usually it's the other way around with coaches. They're laid back during the week, then on Sunday they act like they're hyped up on Red Bull. Jeremy is the opposite."
In the end, Hasselbeck says there are many factors on if Bates would be successful as the Jets OC, such as other coaches and the players he has to work with.
"You have to put the pieces of the puzzle together," Hasselbeck said.