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Report: Lions expected to hire Broncos assistant as QB coach

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The Lions promoted Jim Bob Cooter from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator when they fired Joe Lombardi last season and then, to the great joy of many, made Cooter the permanent choice for the job once they decided to hold onto head coach Jim Caldwell.

That left an opening at quarterbacks coach and it looks like they will be dipping into Cooter’s past for the new addition to the staff. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Broncos offensive assistant Brian Callahan, who worked with Cooter in Denver during the 2013 season, was in Detroit on Thursday and is expected to get the quarterbacks coach job.

Callahan, who is the son of current Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan, worked with the quarterbacks in Denver as well and Peyton Manning said Callahan will be “a top-flight quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator, maybe head coach like his dad” in the future.

“I know Jim Bob well,” Callahan said before Super Bowl 50, via the Detroit Free Press. “We worked together for a year. But as of right now, we’re just worrying about this game. If anything comes to it after that, then we’ll go from there. But really, technically, I’m just worried about playing in the Super Bowl, to be honest with you.”

The quarterbacks job is the last position coach opening on Caldwell’s staff for the 2016 season.

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7 Responses to “Report: Lions expected to hire Broncos assistant as QB coach”
  1. detroit2sd says: Feb 12, 2016 11:37 AM

    Bob Quinn keeps winning!

  2. dbfan4ever says: Feb 12, 2016 11:37 AM

    Jim Bob Cooter has to be one of the greatest names in all of football.

  3. somethinghappeninghere says: Feb 12, 2016 11:48 AM

    Interesting that teams with QBs that ought to be better than they were in 2015 (like Miami and now Detriot) are hiring Denver QB-whispering coaches.

  4. Frum Slum says: Feb 12, 2016 12:19 PM

    From the Super Bowl to the Lions.

    I’m just going to leave that right there.

  5. jwcarlson says: Feb 12, 2016 12:21 PM

    Maybe he can make Stafford quit throwing that hop-skip, sidearm, across the body stuff that he seems to love.

  6. purpleguy says: Feb 12, 2016 12:40 PM

    He’s going to have some work to do if Megatron is really retiring.

  7. metrocritical says: Feb 12, 2016 3:39 PM

    Outside of the iffy decision to keep Caldwell, Quinn has yet to make a move that objectively objectionable.

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