With former quarterbacks coaches on the staff in new head coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, there was no guarantee the Detroit Lions would add a dedicated quarterbacks coach to the staff. In the end, they did with the addition of Jim Bob Cooter.
Were the Lions committed to doing so no matter what or was it he case of taking advantage of hiring someone they really liked? We may never know but there definitely seems to be some strategy in the hiring of Cooter. In the end, it was a confluence of positives that made him a good fit.
First, There was already familiarity between Cooter and Caldwell when the two worked together in Indianapolis:
Caldwell says he goes way back with QB coach Jim Bob Cooter. Has a "good feel" for Caldwell's system
— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) February 20, 2014
Second, Cooter is highly regarded in one of the areas that Matthew Stafford draws the most criticism:
Caldwell on Jim Bob Cooter: "Needed a guy with a good sense of fundamentals."
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) February 20, 2014
Third, this may be his first stint as a quarterback coach, but Cooter brings experience working with the game’s best:
Caldwell said #Lions QB coach Jim Bob Cooter is very smart and gained a lot of experience working with Peyton Manning in Indy and Denver.
— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) February 20, 2014
Hopefully it all translates into results in the 2014 season. This entire coaching staff’s success largely hangs on the play of Matthew Stafford.