It was unclear if the Detroit Lions would add a quarterbacks coach to the staff but they have done just that. The Lions are giving Jim Bob Cooter his first job as an NFL position coach.
Cooter played football at the University of Tennessee (backup quarterback) and got his starting coaching there as a graduate assistant from 2007-08. Cooter made the jump to the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and stayed three before moving on to the Kansas City Chiefs and most recently, the Denver Broncos.
If you’ve been looking for a coach to name most likely to follow in the footsteps of former Lions assistant Joe Cullen and hit up a Wendy’s drive-through naked, it is probably Cooter. On Cooter’s record is a bizarre aggravated burglary arrest in 2009 for reportedly climbing through a window, stripping down to his underwear and climbing in bed with a woman.
Not a good decision by a man who was a three-time Academic All-SEC selection according to his player page still accessible on the Tennessee athletics website.
The addition of Cooter means Matthew Stafford will have no shortage of voices in his ear. Between head coach Jim Caldwell, offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and the newly hired Cooter, the Lions essentially have three quarterbacks coaches on the staff. That might lead to concerns about there being “too many cooks in the kitchen” but Lombardi stated at his introductory press conference today that there will be a consistent message across the board.