Lions part ways with Jim Bob Cooter

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The Lions didn’t make any changes to their coaching staff the day after their season ended with a victory over the Packers, but there will reportedly be a new offensive coordinator in Detroit next season.

Albert Breer of SI.com reports the Lions and Jim Bob Cooter have agreed to part ways.

Cooter took over as the offensive coordinator in Detroit in 2015 and helped the team to back-to-back 9-7 seasons in 2016 and 2017. Things did not go well for the offense or the team under new head coach Matt Patricia in 2018, however, and Cooter sounded resigned to the fact that he’d be headed elsewhere in 2019.

Those reports of his departure also indicate that there’s interest in Cooter around the league. With former Lions coach Jim Caldwell getting mentioned as a candidate for some of the league’s eight head coaching openings, a reunion could be a possibility if Caldwell lands a job.

Even if Caldwell doesn’t get hired, it’s hard to imagine that Cooter won’t be part of our football life in some capacity once next season gets underway.

UPDATE 5:37 p.m. ET: The Lions have officially announced that their staff will be Cooter-free in 2019.

50 responses to “Lions part ways with Jim Bob Cooter

  1. Probably a better QB coach than coordinator at this time. But I think he’ll find success again as an OC. Things just got to stale and predictable in Detroit.

  2. Best thing that could have happened to him. The Lions are going nowhere with Stafford and Patricia. I doubt he’ll be without options in the weeks ahead.

  3. He’ll take a step back and in another year or two he’ll be an OC again and before you know it he’s interviewing for HC positions.

    Such is the cycle of life in the NFL.

  4. Predictable play-calling was only one problem. They also need better protection, better decision-making by the QB, and consistent commitment to the run. The Beard has some work ahead of him.

  5. Sorry man… but thank you thank you thank you.

    Somebody with a creative mind please.

    Somebody who understands how to play to Staffords strength… and by the way, maybe add some Quarter 1, 2… and 3 offense???

    It was the right thing to do.

  6. @BASSPLUCKER… how do you blame the HC and QB… but praise the OC???

    Cmon man… makes absolutely no sense at all. Cooter was bad last season.

    His continuation was simply Patricia trying to figure out what he had. He figured it out.

  7. He didn’t have much to work with in Detroit. 6 wins is about the best they can hope for.

  8. Stafford got him fired. Jim Bob probably should see this as a favor. He’ll land on his feet somewhere and unless it’s with the Jags and he’s saddled with Bleak Bortles it will be better than the situation in Detroit with $135M turnover machine.

  9. There’s no doubt Cooter should’ve been fired. That was dismal, and really, even our recent winning years were not great. How often was Stafford playing from behind to the last second of the game? Often. Even against bad teams. We need someone creative, aggressive, score-hungry coming in and scheming like we need to play from the lead the whole game.

  10. Lions offense was good for two years before Patricia, and then terrible with Patricia – so yes, fire the OC! Because Stafford is sooooo terrible, feel free to eat some cash and trade him to another team.

    Truth is, Lions fans are a joke. Looking the other way at Patricia’s rape arrest, in hopes that he would make the Lions into winners, means you deserve to have a losing team.

  11. People: Cooter wasn’t *fired*, his Caldwell-era contract expires this offseason & the Lions had no interest in keeping him. Anyway…I want Linehan back as OC!

  12. Whenwilliteverend says:

    January 1, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Stafford got him fired. Jim Bob probably should see this as a favor. He’ll land on his feet somewhere and unless it’s with the Jags and he’s saddled with Bleak Bortles it will be better than the situation in Detroit with $135M turnover machine.

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    It’s been reported by many that Bortles is gone he even said as much himself.

    Jags will have a vet and a rookie next year.

  13. Let’s think about this for a second. The Lions traded Golden Tate, arguably their best offensive threat, to the Eagles early in the season. They also cut one of their top performing RBs Ameer Abdullah before mid-season. Patricia, and or the GM, were limiting what JBC could do. Matt Stafford is far from elite. Any time the Vikings waltz in to Ford field and dominate with Cousins at the helm, your QB is not elite and that’s being polite. Firing JBC is a big mistake. JBC was one of the bright spots when Caldwell was the HC. Patricia’s defense was terrible and next year the offense will be even worse. I wouldn’t mind it if Zimmer gave JBC a good look at OC.

  14. Yeah, so sorry to interfere with your trolling, but Matt Patricia was never found guilty. Despite the evidence from the Kavanaugh hearings, we have a thing called due process and one is innocent until proven guilty. I wonder how cynical you would be if someone made an accusation against you.

  15. Hey I’m all for them not retaining his services and moving in a different direction. And yes the offense severely regressed this season. But the real culprit is GM Quin. 1st he changes the HC which time will tell if that was right or wrong, but so far looks to be the wrong call. Second, he trades their best WR Tate in the middle of the season. He chose not to resign Ebron who exploded in Indy and replaced him with Luke Wilson and two guys you’ve never heard of. Overpaid for OG Lang and his bevy of concussions.. The team was decimated with injuries, the defense could not stop the run for half a season, the special teams were not very special, but ya let’s get the OC out of there and that will fix everything I guess…

  16. heynow16 says:
    January 1, 2019 at 6:11 pm
    I loved his work on Petticoat Junction
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    That’s a pretty outrageous comment.

    He was on Green Acres, not Petticoat Junction.

  17. Good night John Boy, good night Elizabeth, good night Jason, good night Mary Ellen, good night Ben, good night Erin, good night and pack your things Jim Bob.

  18. Any time the Vikings waltz in to Ford field and dominate with Cousins at the helm, your QB is not elite and that’s being polite.

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    You do realize that QBs don’t actually face one another on the field, right?

  19. purplepillager says:
    January 1, 2019 at 7:28 pm
    Let’s think about this for a second. The Lions traded Golden Tate, arguably their best offensive threat, to the Eagles early in the season. They also cut one of their top performing RBs Ameer Abdullah before mid-season…

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    The first comment, true.

    The second comment, made me spit water all over my keyboard from laughing so hard.

  20. Staffford seems to have lost interest. He has clearly shown he can play this game at a high level. Hopefully he has some input in who they bring in as the OC.

  21. Good night Jim Bob, good night Marvin, good night Vance, good night Steve, good night Adam, good night Todd, good night Dirk, Good night Hue and good night Mike.

  22. xnflplaya says:
    January 1, 2019 at 8:45 pm
    Staffford seems to have lost interest. He has clearly shown he can play this game at a high level. Hopefully he has some input in who they bring in as the OC.
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    Only in a lions fan world is 61 of 129 for a win % of .468 playing the game at a high level. Especially when you consider most of them games where with one of the greatest receivers of all time.

    Dude is trash

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