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Report: Jim Bob Cooter to join Lions coaching staff

New Lions coach Jim Caldwell might not have the most electric personality in the NFL, but he may be about to hire one of the best names in the league.

According to Bruce Feldman of, the Lions are about to hire Broncos assistant Jim Bob Cooter as quarterbacks coach.

Jim Bob Cooter.

I’m going to say it again, because it’s wonderful.

Jim Bob Cooter.

Cooter was an offensive assistant with the Broncos this year, after spending the previous season with the Chiefs. Prior to that, he worked with Caldwell with the Colts.

The former Tennessee quarterback has also worked as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. He played in six games there, but was Academic All-SEC four times.

And his name is Jim Bob Cooter.

Jim Bob Cooter.

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62 Responses to “Report: Jim Bob Cooter to join Lions coaching staff”
  1. timmons94 says: Feb 7, 2014 5:32 PM

    I ran into him at the boars nest.

  2. somethingsmellsrotten says: Feb 7, 2014 5:35 PM

    If anyone should have been named Jim Bob Cooter it’s MegaHead.

  3. stampede101 says: Feb 7, 2014 5:40 PM

    His name is Jim Bob Cooter. His name is Jim Bob Cooter. His name is Jim Bob Cooter. *in my Fight Club voice*

  4. toonloonboon says: Feb 7, 2014 5:40 PM

    wasnt he a cop in hazzard county?

  5. GenXJay says: Feb 7, 2014 5:42 PM

    yes. best real name. I wish the Lions Cooter well. Hear him roar.

  6. Coach John Harbaugh says: Feb 7, 2014 5:42 PM

    a face … and name… that only a mother could love

  7. backdapack4evr says: Feb 7, 2014 5:43 PM

    Poor guy is really hitting rock-bottom!!
    Sad sad sad

  8. bills9951 says: Feb 7, 2014 5:43 PM

    In somewhat related news, Billy Joe Scrotum was named the Detroit Tigers third base coach.

  9. intelligent cement says: Feb 7, 2014 5:44 PM

    ‘According to Bruce Feldman of, the Lions are about to hire Lions Assistant Jim Bob Cooter…’

    Only the Lions would be stupid enough to hire a Lions coach.

  10. gbpackman says: Feb 7, 2014 5:44 PM

    best name ever…….

  11. noeffinway says: Feb 7, 2014 5:45 PM

    Oh man!
    Jim Bob Cooter!
    You just gotta say it!

    I fully expected more missing teeth than his picture lets on.

  12. parkerfly says: Feb 7, 2014 5:46 PM

    Unfortunately when he was at Tennessee fans wore I heart Cooter t-shirts. I don’t miss those.

  13. johnson782014kyle says: Feb 7, 2014 5:46 PM

    From Rosenthal back in 2010:

    Way too good

    Jim. Bob. Cooter.

  14. sGoDonkos says: Feb 7, 2014 5:46 PM


  15. robseahawksfan says: Feb 7, 2014 5:47 PM

    Who’s going to be the offensive coordinator, Boss Hogg?

  16. niners816 says: Feb 7, 2014 5:48 PM

    Jim Bob Cooter….best name in the NFL. God bless his parents.

  17. packman331 says: Feb 7, 2014 5:51 PM

    Cmon… Doing the April fool version a little early this year? Noone could be named Jim Bob Cooter

  18. carpalboss says: Feb 7, 2014 5:51 PM

    Good Night Jim Bob….Good Night, Mary Ellen….Good Night, John Boy…..Good Night Mama….Good Night Daddy…..

  19. plum13sec says: Feb 7, 2014 5:55 PM

    The Coots!

  20. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 7, 2014 5:58 PM

    unfortunately beating the Lions will not count as a Cooter spanking.

  21. stevew5 says: Feb 7, 2014 5:58 PM

    He’s from Fayetteville, Tennessee, and he’s really good. The Lions just might surprise next season.

  22. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 7, 2014 6:06 PM

    Never heard of him, but that’s an awesome name!!!

  23. backdapack4evr says: Feb 7, 2014 6:16 PM

    If you want to clown him….. Clown him!!!
    We let him off the hook!!

  24. schmitty2 says: Feb 7, 2014 6:36 PM

    We will see if Stafford loves Cooter.

  25. tncheese says: Feb 7, 2014 6:38 PM

    Smart guy, decent QB at UT. Should do well.

  26. greg2geez says: Feb 7, 2014 6:39 PM

    Academic All-SEC lol! That’s like being the fastest tortoise.

  27. ratsfoiledagain says: Feb 7, 2014 6:39 PM

    I cooter sworn he was a coach for another team.

    His momma wished that he cooter been a lawyer.

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    He’s still James Robert to his mom.

  29. vols84 says: Feb 7, 2014 7:05 PM

    Decent QB at Tennessee? The guy never saw the field. He did get arrested a time or two at Rocky Top so I can see where you might think that Cooter got some play.

  30. yb1956 says: Feb 7, 2014 7:11 PM

    Jim Bob Cooter.
    Apollo, I like it. Its very American.

  31. pfic15 says: Feb 7, 2014 7:16 PM

    With a name like that, who needs a nickname? I like it!

  32. bucrightoff says: Feb 7, 2014 7:29 PM

    bills9951 says:Feb 7, 2014 5:43 PM

    In somewhat related news, Billy Joe Scrotum was named the Detroit Tigers third base coach.

    This is a post of the year candidate. Well done sir.

  33. @Cereal_22 says: Feb 7, 2014 7:36 PM


  34. tremoluxman says: Feb 7, 2014 7:46 PM

    That name is only second to — wait for it . . . ‘Woody’ Johnson.

  35. philliesblow says: Feb 7, 2014 7:48 PM

    That rivals Dick Trickle for greatest sports name ever.

  36. vols84 says: Feb 7, 2014 8:25 PM

    Jim Bob Cooter is just a good old boy, never meaning no harm. Beats all you ever saw been in trouble with the law since the day he was a Vol.

    Makin his way, the only way way knows how. That’s just a little bit more than the law will allow.

    He’s Just a good old boy. Wouldn’t change if he could. Fighting the system like a true Robin Hood.

  37. scmems07 says: Feb 7, 2014 8:27 PM

    I went to Broncos games, hid under the bleachers and took pictures of the Broncos coaches, I have a whole book of cooter shots under my bed.

  38. thebigwhitecat says: Feb 7, 2014 8:45 PM

    Not quite in the Craphonso Thorpe tier, but close.

  39. honolulubluekoolaid says: Feb 7, 2014 8:52 PM

    So no word yet if Uncle jesse, Bo, Luke or Daisey will join as assistants?

  40. cfballfan1 says: Feb 7, 2014 8:54 PM

    I heart Cooter. Detroit loves Cooter. PureCooter.

    Oh the Lions PR firm must be absolutely giddy tonight.

  41. 6ringofsteel says: Feb 7, 2014 8:55 PM

    He wishes he could’ve joined the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  42. darkneptune73 says: Feb 7, 2014 8:56 PM

    First thing I thought was Joe Bob Briggs.

  43. zingo1978 says: Feb 7, 2014 9:00 PM

    Your move rest of NFC North

  44. stew48 says: Feb 7, 2014 9:27 PM

    No,to his Mom he is still Jim Bob.

  45. nflfollower says: Feb 7, 2014 9:56 PM

    I’m looking for a man by the name Cooter. Jim Bob cooter. —Jim caldwell.

  46. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 7, 2014 10:35 PM

    Welcome back Cooter. 👥

  47. jjackwagon says: Feb 7, 2014 10:49 PM

    He worked for Romeo Crennel in KC. And coached Quinn & Cassel. That should tell you all you need to know.

  48. sdchicken says: Feb 7, 2014 11:15 PM

    Jim Bob Cooter really coached up Bobby Bouche a few years back, and I believe he should do a fine job with Crawdaddy Matty Stafford.

  49. whodey420 says: Feb 7, 2014 11:39 PM

    Doesn’t this guy hand make “Stills” on that show “Moonshiners” or whatever it’s called!? 🙂

  50. bart15np says: Feb 8, 2014 12:18 AM

    Now if he climbs out the window of his ’69 charger pulling into camp, the lions know they got their guy!

  51. billsboy88 says: Feb 8, 2014 12:24 AM

    dear god that was funny

  52. culturalelitist says: Feb 8, 2014 12:40 AM

    He’s coaching in the same division as Sam Gash.

  53. bcgreg says: Feb 8, 2014 7:26 AM

    Who’s next? Roscoe P Coltrane?

  54. crefan says: Feb 8, 2014 9:42 AM

    Didn’t he used to be on “The Dukes Of Hazard”?

  55. brownsprotonator says: Feb 8, 2014 10:22 AM

    Wasn’t that the dude from Dukes of Hazzard?

  56. steveb9995 says: Feb 8, 2014 10:36 AM

    Fun fact: the Lions once had a QB named Chuck Long…

  57. deflateddome says: Feb 8, 2014 12:54 PM

    It would be a travesty if he didn’t have a brother named Billy Joe

  58. purpleguy says: Feb 8, 2014 5:36 PM

    Didn’t they also just hire Sam Gash? Are they hiring coaches based upon name recognition?

  59. slobberknocker says: Feb 8, 2014 10:54 PM

    The Lions cheerleading squad could use Cooter…this is a step in the right direction.

  60. rockbottom37 says: Feb 9, 2014 6:29 AM

    Lol…as a lions fan these are funny especially the boss hogg one

  61. raiderapologist says: Feb 9, 2014 1:40 PM

    Terdell Sands wishes his name was Jim Bob Cooter.

  62. lovethelions says: Feb 13, 2014 6:12 PM


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