December 26, 2010; Tampa, FL, USA; Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Jets’ Offensive Coordinator Bates Holds Himself Accountable For Scoring Struggles

November 09, 2018 - 9:30 am
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By WFAN.com

Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates has admitted his share of the blame for the Jets’ offensive woes. Gang Green struggled to put points on the board in last Sunday’s 13-6 defeat to the Miami Dolphins.

The Jets recorded 282 total yards, but only kicked in a pair of field goals. New York only converted two of 13 third-down opportunities.

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"We have to score more points, and that's on me," Bates told reporters on Thursday. "I need to put our players in better positions to be successful. I need to put our players in better positions to score touchdowns. That's my responsibility. You have to score points in this league to win games."

The 3-6 Jets have scored only one touchdown in their last 27 possessions. On Sunday, the Jets host the 2-7 Buffalo Bills. Buffalo possesses the NFL’s third-ranked defense, having allowed 313.7 total yards per game.

Quarterback Sam Darnold will not start on Sunday due to a strained right foot. Darnold hasn’t missed a snap through the first nine games of the season.

Sam Darnold Has A Strained Right Foot, Out Sunday Against Bills

Josh McCown will start against Buffalo. Head coach Todd Bowles has ruled out Darnold to start the game, but he could serve as backup.

Bowles told reporters that Darnold will return as starter once he's fully healthy.

"Sam is our quarterback," Bowles said. "Because he's our starter and he won the job. I feel comfortable with him out there and I feel comfortable with Josh in there."