Buccaneers complete interview with Jim Bob Cooter

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The Buccaneers completed an interview with Jaguars passing game coordinator Jim Bob Cooter on Thursday, the team announced.

The Bucs are seeking to replace Byron Leftwich, who they fired Jan. 19. They have eight other vacancies to fill on their coaching staff for 2023.

The team interviewed Broncos passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak on Wednesday and Vikings wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell earlier on Thursday.

Cooter joined Doug Pederson’s staff last February and helped Trevor Lawrence take a step in his second season. Jacksonville had the 10th-most passing yards in 2022, averaging 232.9 yards per game, and Lawrence threw 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions and had a 95.2 passer rating.

Cooter was the Lions’ offensive coordinator for 3 1/2 seasons after being promoted from quarterbacks coach on Jim Caldwell’s staff midway through 2015.

Cooter spent two seasons (2019-20) as the Jets’ running backs coach and one (2021) as a consultant for the Eagles. He also has worked for the Colts, Chiefs and Broncos.

12 responses to “Buccaneers complete interview with Jim Bob Cooter

  1. Hearing the British sports reporters say, “Jim Bob Cooter,” when the Lions played in London was one of the highlights of my football watching career.

  2. You forgot to mention that he worked as a mechanic in Hazzard County back in the 70’s. 😎

  3. Interview the QB’s coach for the 49’ers (Brian Griese) he has done an exceptional job with both those rookie QB’s and he is worth a look for sure.

  4. Interesting promotion situation. Do you leave a Trevor Lawrence coaching position for a promotion to a team with no current viable QB? I guess how tough a decision that might be will depend upon how much money talks.

  5. They have to hire him – Jim Bob Cooter is by far the most Florida man name in the league

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