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Lions take the interim off Jim Bob Cooter’s title

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Half a season of Jim Bob Cooter was not enough for the Lions.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Lions are making the expected move, and keeping their interim offensive coordinator for next season without the clunky first part of that title.

The team turned around sharply when Cooter replaced Joe Lombardi midseason, with quarterback Matthew Stafford openly praising the difference it made.

It also made sense once they decided to stick with head coach Jim Caldwell, who was retained by new General Manager Bob Quinn. That gives them the chance to build around a comfortable Stafford, whether the offense includes Calvin Johnson or not.

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35 Responses to “Lions take the interim off Jim Bob Cooter’s title”
  1. floratiotime says: Jan 18, 2016 12:21 PM

    A clown franchise has to keep a guy with the name Cooter. At least they’ll have a few laughs.

  2. 12brichandfamous says: Jan 18, 2016 12:23 PM

    He earned it by making a difference. Now go win the NFC North.

  3. rlpftt says: Jan 18, 2016 12:23 PM

    Doesn’t matter still have Caldwell and his frown face😦

    Hyzers is always crying…

    LoLions!!!

  4. coldplay519 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:27 PM

    Interim Cooter ain’t half-bad; it’s when you lock it down and make it a permanent thing that it can get funky…

  5. typicalnipple says: Jan 18, 2016 12:27 PM

    Can Mr. Cooter help Big John Football?

  6. dickshotdogs says: Jan 18, 2016 12:29 PM

    The greatest name of all time.

  7. hyzers says: Jan 18, 2016 12:31 PM

    Stats don’t lie. The last 8 games (once Cooter took over) Stafford threw 19 TDs and only 2 INTs.

    rlpftt, Cutler threw what, 3 picks against Detroit in the season finale? 0-6 vs. the Lions, hasn’t beat them since 2012. Sit down.

  8. ad28bestever says: Jan 18, 2016 12:45 PM

    The Vikings will be NFC North Champs for the foreseeable future. The Vikes are one of the youngest teams in the NFL, have one of the best defenses, and once the OL gets overhauled this offseason, the offense will be in the top 10 in the league.

    We finally have the answer at Head Coach with Coach Zimmer, and the new stadium will be coming soon. It’s a different era for the Vikes, and it’s just a matter of time before they are World Champs.

    #BelieveThat

  9. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 18, 2016 12:45 PM

    Oh no. Now, if we end up third or fourth in our division, Aaron will never truly like Cooter. He’ll have his live-in assistant come back.

  10. suhmonster90 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:45 PM

    Changing an offense so drastically mid-season definitely earned this man some time to show what he can do.

  11. lionsfan123 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:47 PM

    He did a better job than Lombardi, but still seemed to have absolutely no idea how to use Calvin Johnson in the final year of his career.

    See Arizona and Larry Fitzgerald, Lions. You blew it.

    Good luck to Calvin…what a wasted career in Detroit. Guy could have been a hall of famer. Looking at his career numbers, I’d say that’s questionable…

  12. rlpftt says: Jan 18, 2016 12:58 PM

    hyzers says:
    Jan 18, 2016 12:31 PM

    Stats don’t lie. The last 8 games (once Cooter took over) Stafford threw 19 TDs and only 2 INTs.

    rlpftt, Cutler threw what, 3 picks against Detroit in the season finale? 0-6 vs. the Lions, hasn’t beat them since 2012. Sit down.

    _____________________________________

    Bears suck and you might have beat them the past 3 years, but who hasn’t. Even though you beat them they still finished ahead of you in the division the first year, which is pathetic. The Bears are still a better team then your Lions, they have no talent and have changed systems how many times, your team has lots of talent and absolutely fall flat on their face cuz they’re terrible.

    Again, I’m a Packer fan and you’re always crying and mad cuz Lions so bad….

    LoLions!!!

  13. tommyribs says: Jan 18, 2016 12:58 PM

    My Favorite Coach in the NFL.

  14. imsorryyoufeelthatway7 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:03 PM

    coldplay519 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 12:27 PM
    Interim Cooter ain’t half-bad; it’s when you lock it down and make it a permanent thing that it can get funky…
    —————————————-

    Nailed it.

  15. ptkryptonite says: Jan 18, 2016 1:04 PM

    I don’t know about that… I think anyone who watches enough football could tell you Calvin Johnsons play speaks for itself, he’ll hit the Hall of Fame purely through his own talent, the team is just a blemish. I don’t like that to this day Stafford can’t acknowledge that his play needs to be held somewhat accountable. A bad offensive unit, no question, but he is still out there gun slinging 5 yard passes. A little bit of touch would be a good thing to develop by this time in his career. I can say that through the last few years, Stafford has never broken the barrier for making an unexpectedly good throw. Still a top 10 QB, here’s to hoping that OLine can finally move up in the world!

  16. kriswd40 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:04 PM

    In Cooter we trust.

  17. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 18, 2016 1:12 PM

    Cooter … one of the reasons Caldwell still has a job.

  18. ikeclanton says: Jan 18, 2016 1:13 PM

    Jim Bob’s reaction?

    “Yeeeeee-haaahhhh!!!”

  19. weepingjebus says: Jan 18, 2016 1:21 PM

    At least they didn’t name him Harry.

  20. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 18, 2016 1:32 PM

    Congratulations to Mr. Cooter. It certainly appears that he’s earned it.

  21. ncisagent says: Jan 18, 2016 1:44 PM

    This should be what the Lions need to make them contend with the Packers for second place in the NFC North.

  22. dwarftosser says: Jan 18, 2016 1:46 PM

    Obvious and smart move by Detroit. As much fun as you like to make of his name, the differences in Detroit’s offense after he took over were obvious.

  23. suicidalionsfan says: Jan 18, 2016 1:49 PM

    @weepingjebus ” At least his parents didn’t name him Harry ”

    —————————————————————
    You mean like Harry Colon’s mom and dad ?

  24. immafubared says: Jan 18, 2016 1:51 PM

    Quinn should have made cooter the head coach. big mistake. Caldwell will be looking over his shoulder all year

  25. immafubared says: Jan 18, 2016 1:53 PM

    Jan 18, 2016 1:49 PM
    @weepingjebus ” At least his parents didn’t name him Harry ”

    —————————————————————
    or cooter coot cooter

  26. davikes says: Jan 18, 2016 2:04 PM

    JBC saved Caldwell’s job.

  27. pftbro says: Jan 18, 2016 2:05 PM

    Welcome back, Cooter….

  28. logicaldawg says: Jan 18, 2016 2:06 PM

    He’ll be gone as soon as they start filming the next re-make of the Dukes of Hazzard.

  29. rainbowpowerbottom says: Jan 18, 2016 3:13 PM

    They’ll clean house after a 6-10 season this year. The fords know how to make garbage look/sound pretty. See there cars.

  30. purpleguy says: Jan 18, 2016 3:56 PM

    If they’re keeping Caldwell, why not? The Lions’ offense improved under his watch.

  31. twelsh36446 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:00 PM

    Jim Bob Cooter is going to do a great job for Detroit. He earned that position.

  32. twelsh36446 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:01 PM

    That was a 7-9 season and with the two games the refs stole it should have been 9-7 so su.

  33. ejmat3 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:13 PM

    “That was a 7-9 season and with the two games the refs stole it should have been 9-7 so su.”

    Really it was a 6-10 season because the first Bears game was a loss given to the Lions by the refs (Golden Tate TD was a stripped fumble) so it could go either way. In reality the Lions are just not that good, so su….

  34. torebear says: Jan 19, 2016 2:25 AM

    @ejmat3

    The Golden Tate TD was good. He had become a runner.

    The Bears however scored one of their TDs after a special teams turnover. That turnover was the result of Corey Fuller being pushed into the ball. That aspect of the play was illegal, but was not reviewable, so the Bears got a TD they shouldn’t have.

    The game really shouldn’t have been as close as it was.

  35. lionsfan0and16wearegarbage says: Jan 19, 2016 12:14 PM

    “The Golden Tate TD was good. He had become a runner.”

    That might have been the case that week for that game, but the rule changes every week. No one complains and uses the refs as an excuse for poor football performance then the Lions.

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