Lions safety Kerby Joseph fined, but not for the hit you think
Lions safety Kerby Joseph has been a subject of controversy since his low hit on Rams tight end Tyler Higbee last Sunday night. He was fined for a play in the Wild Card game, but not for the hit on Higbee. He was fined $5,052 for unnecessary roughness on a play were he pulled a Rams player off Lions' defensive back Brian Branch.
Former Lions' offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter on the move again?
As Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni eyes changes to his coaching staff after a late-season collapse, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported on Saturday that Colts offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter is a candidate to replace Brian Johnson as the Eagles' offensive coordinator.
Cooter was a Lions' assistant coach from 2014-2018, with the first two years as quarterbacks coach and the last three (actually three-plus) as offensive coordinator. He worked as a consultant for the Eagles in 2021, then he served as passing game coordinator for the Jaguars before reuniting with Shane Steichen (former Eagles' offensive coordinator) in Indianapolis for this season.
Of course the Colts would have to be willing to let Cooter go, in a lateral move to another coordinator position. But it is interesting that he was specifically mentioned by Garafolo as a candidate for the Eagles' coordinator post.
2023 Detroit Lions set unique fantasy football mark
The Lions' offensive proficiency over the last two seasons has of course made offensive coordinator Ben Johnson into a hot head coaching candidate. But this year the Lions were a fantasy football oasis not seen this millennium.