Lions fire offensive coordinator, offensive line coaches

The 1-6 Lions are firing offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan, per multiple reports.

Earlier Monday afternoon, Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters that no changes were in store.

It’s been that kind of season.

The Lions gave up seven sacks in a 28-19 home loss to the Vikings Sunday. They rank last in the league in rushing offense.

Lombardi was in his second season as offensive coordinator after five seasons as quarterbacks coach with the Saints. Heffernan was in his third season as assistant offensive line coach, all three under Washburn. Ron Prince will be the new offensive line coach.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter takes over as offensive coordinator. The Lions go to London this week to play the Chiefs next Sunday.

92 responses to “Lions fire offensive coordinator, offensive line coaches

  1. Having a low-key, nice guy head coach works if a team is mostly winning. When it starts mostly losing and he’s still a low-key nice guy, it doesn’t work so well.

  2. Normally, I would say that Caldwell’s statement that no changes were coming would mean he was lying.

    But given his sleepy “management” style, I believe it is entirely possible that the discussion about making changes was going on right under his nose, and he didn’t notice.

  3. When your new OC’s name is Jim Bob Cooter you have to already know good things are probably not on the horizon.

  4. If Jim Bob Cooter is not the best name ever, I don’t know what would be.
    But seriously, instead of Lombardi, Heffernan and Washburn, the fired parties should’ve been Caldwell, Lewand and Mayhew.

  5. Good time to fire them all before going to London, fire everyone why not??? Just go to London for a vacation.

  6. When will teams learn that hiring the QB coach of an established franchise QB as offensive coordinator will almost certainly backfire? And most of the time the same can be said when hiring an offensive coordinator with a franchise QB as a head coach.

  7. do a little research and you will see that Jim Bob Cooter looks to be a rising star in the coaching world. This might an impossible in season task to make any real significant changes but I bet he does well.

  8. It must be some cosmic error to field a football team on the shores of lake Erie. The Lions, Bills and my befuddled Browns are always bottom feeders.

    Browns should take a number dump their DC. I realize this is a “Lions” issue but I feel like kindred spirits. We want our teams to be good again, right?

  9. The sad thing about the Lions is they’ll beat the Bears twice this Season and get a worse Draft position….the Bears are suppose to be bad, not so much for the Lions.

  10. Lombardi was QB coach with the Saints? As if Sean Payton and Drew Brees needed a QB coach. Child Please!
    Jim Caldwell would be doing landscaping if not for the Rooney Rule…

  11. The “Caldwell Effect” on the Lions was predictable. I’m a Vikings fan, and I could argue that the Lions have a similar overall level of talent as the Vikings. They should be able to at least approach .500. Maybe Jim Bob will start running some Oklahoma drills.

  12. Coach Zimmer basically got the these guys fired.

    Vikings defensive line vs. Lions offensive line was the most lopsided scheming I’ve ever seen. Vikings had guys running free at the QB on nearly every play.

  13. Every time the camera shows Caldwell his lips aren’t moving.
    How many successful head coaches do you see who are never talking during the game?

  14. They should fire Caldwell. I’m a Vikings fan and when they hired him, I was jumping for joy. This guy took a Colts team into the dumper after getting someone else’s players. He took over the Lions and now they suck. He took a Wake Forest program and sunk it. The Ravens got hot at the end of the year and won the SB. Not because of him calling the plays. He should never be a head coach again!!!!

  15. Wait, there’s ANOTHER London game next week? How many of those stupid things are on the schedule? Enough already.

  16. I hope Jim Bob Cooter sticks around.
    I want to hear Al and Chris talking about him in the 4th quarter of a blow out, after they’ve polished off most of the Johnny Walker.

  17. At some point with a failing franchise, one must look at the ownership. With Lions, the only consistent thing about them year in year out is the ownership.

    And based on such an observation, Redskins fans are going to wander in the wilderness for decades to come.

  18. I want Jim Bob Cooter to become a head coach ASAP, just to hear all the talking heads say his name as often as possible.

  19. With Cooter running the offense, all we need now is to get Jefferson Davis Hogg as GM, Uncle Jessie as Defensive Coordinator, and the Duke boys to take over the lackluster RB crew.

  20. Jim Caldwell should send Peyton manning a small % of his career earnings,guy has no business being a head coach,he has that same deer in headlights look philbin had his entire tenure in Miami,to say he’s in over his head would be an under statement

  21. “great players turn mediocre coaches into great coaches, not the other way around”

    Not true. Belichick has taken many cast offs from other teams and made them far better players with the Pats.

    Dante Scarneccia who was the Pats Oline coach for many many years took college wrestlers and other odd balls and turned them into pro bowl players.

    Seems like Bowles in NYC already has that team performing at a much higher level than Rex did.

    Arians in AZ the same thing.

    Great coaches can indeed make mediocre players better.

  22. his name can’t be jim bob. If so, you’d think he’d be smart enough to go with J.R. (James Robert). The fact he chose Jim Bob over James Robert or J.R. proves conclusively that he’s gonna have no idea what to do on 4th and 2 from the 40.

  23. Jim Bob would probably be a head coach by now if he had opted for James Robert or J.R.

    Really I just want to hear Gruden say “Coach Cooter” on national TV.

  24. At least the Lions are showing some type of urgency. They are usually decent.

    The Browns have sucked for 16 yrs and with their urgency, or lack thereof, you would think they go 11-5 every year. Pettine and Farmer should have been fired today and O’Neill.

  25. Caldwell, Mayhew, and (hopefully)Lewand are clearly only here until the end of the season. The only punishment I can think of that’s worse than being fired from the Lions is to have to continue to work for them through the rest of this season.

    It’s not going to be a good time. If their souls aren’t completely crushed yet, they will be.

  26. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that Jim Bob Cooter was born somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line.

  27. darkneptune73 says:
    Oct 26, 2015 4:58 PM

    The Lions are screwed. They can fire people now but that won’t save the season 7 weeks in.

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    Sure won’t, but hopefully it will save next season. Caldwell following them out would also be a step in that direction.

  28. i think it is time for some one to hold a mirror in front of caldwells mouth…i say he can’t fog it up with his breath as he actually died 3 weeks ago!

  29. More mangled coaching bodies underneath the coach-killing machine known as Matthew Stafford. Maybe the Lions can extend him for a few more years and more money and never hear a peep of criticism from anybody as to how he’s one of the biggest problems they have.

  30. Jim Bob said he would take the job only if he could continue to run bootleg whiskey from Detroit down the Dixie Hwy to Alabama.
    Caldwell had to explain to him that they actually legally sell Whiskey now so no one needs to bootleg anymore.
    Jim Bob answered “they don’t”. Then whats all the race cars driven by hillbillys on Saturday about. Caldwell “Its called NASCAR Jim Bob

  31. Jim Caldwell may be how I see Norv Turner and Dave Wannstedt; great as coordinators but not head coach material imo. In 2013, after the first OC was fired in Baltimore, Caldwell was able to get more production from those same players and they won a Super Bowl. Caldwell may not be a genius he does have some knowledge of the game.

  32. realfootballfan says:
    Oct 26, 2015 6:48 PM
    More mangled coaching bodies underneath the coach-killing machine known as Matthew Stafford. Maybe the Lions can extend him for a few more years and more money and never hear a peep of criticism from anybody as to how he’s one of the biggest problems they have.

    _______________

    Staffords the greatest QB the Lions have ever had he is going nowhere til at least 2017.

  33. Caldwell reminds me of former Viking HC Leslie Frazier. Both appear to be nice guys, but not head coach material. Both rode the coat tail of Tony Dungy. Although, anyone could have coached the Colts to a Super Bowl victory with a Peyton Manning in his prime.

  34. They should have fired everyone the lions were so out coached sunday. So obvious.
    Caldwell clapping his hands nonstop while the vikings out gained the lions 320 to 5.

  35. Not Lombardi’s fault. Stafford is low tier QB. Stafford spent years basking in the light of Megatron’s reflected glory. Now that Megatron is in the twilight of his career Stafford flaws are glaringly obvious.

  36. Totally wrong that anyone can succeed with P. Manning. I love the sheriff as much anyone but he got his good rep from tearing apart weak teams. All too often he failed against good teams like the Pats. The year the Colts won their only title with Manning he threw twice as many picks as TDs and half his games he was completing less that 60 percent of his passes. The guy had Tebow numbers.

    Dungy’s defense on the other hand played exceptionally well. Make no mistake Dungy won Manning a Super Bowl, not the other way around.

  37. mrlaloosh says:
    Oct 26, 2015 5:11 PM

    Lombardi was QB coach with the Saints? As if Sean Payton and Drew Brees needed a QB coach. Child Please!
    Jim Caldwell would be doing landscaping if not for the Rooney Rule…
    __________________

    The Rooney Rule doesn’t force anyone to hire someone. That’s why the cursory interviews it mandates are totally ridiculous. The Lions coaching pendulum swung from crazy all the way over to semi-catatonic. At season’s end I expect they’ll clean house and hopefully get it right.

  38. JeffreyDahmerWisconsinsFavoriteSon says:
    Oct 26, 2015 5:24 PM

    How can they do this? Lombardi is named after the trophy!
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    Nah! The trophy is named after Lombardi. If Joe Lombardi had 1/10th of grandpa’s talent he’d still be employed.

  39. realfootballfan says:
    Oct 26, 2015 6:48 PM

    More mangled coaching bodies underneath the coach-killing machine known as Matthew Stafford. Maybe the Lions can extend him for a few more years and more money and never hear a peep of criticism from anybody as to how he’s one of the biggest problems they have.
    ___________________

    Yeah, StafFORD was terrible. He was 7 for 7, 128 yards and 2 TD’s to start. Still finished 18 of 26 for 256 yards, no picks and those two TD’s with a QB rating of 126.4. All while still taking 13 hits and getting sacked 7 times. He’s the problem alright.

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