Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) walks on the field during the second quarter against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Giants beat the Lions 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Caldwell Praises New QB Coach Jim Bob Cooter


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:

Second, Cooter is highly regarded in one of the areas that Matthew Stafford draws the most criticism:

Third, this may be his first stint as a quarterback coach, but Cooter brings experience working with the game’s best:

Hopefully it all translates into results in the 2014 season. This entire coaching staff’s success largely hangs on the play of Matthew Stafford.

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