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Lions Part Ways With Jim Bob Cooter

The Lions announced they did not renew Cooter's contract.

January 01, 2019 - 5:48 pm
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(97.1 The Ticket) -- The Detroit Lions are in the market for a new offensive coordinator.

After posting a 6-10 record under first-year head coach Matt Patricia in 2018, the Lions announced Tuesday they are not renewing offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's contract with the team. The team did not give any more details on the decision.

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport interrupted a live segment to break the news Tuesday.

The decision comes a day after Patricia told the media at the team's facility in Allen Park he was needed to let the emotions of the end of the season settle a little bit before making a decision on any possible coaching changes.

Cooter was hired by former Lions head coach Jim Caldwell in 2014 as the quarterbacks coach and he was promoted to offensive coordinator during the 2015 season when the team fired Joe Lombardi.

Patricia is now faced with finding the right man for the job, looking to right the ship and restore the Lions offense that ranked just 25th in scoring across the NFL this season.

Rapoport says Cooter is likely to land with another NFL team soon, as he is free to interview with other teams, which he has already received requests to do.