Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Detroit Lions are expected to retain offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter once they officially hire Patriots DC Matt Patricia as their next head coach.
According to Schefter, Patricia will oversee the team and the defense, but Detroit plans to keep their offensive coordinator in place for the 2018 season.
Cooter and Patricia do not personally know each other, but Lions QB Matthew Stafford reportedly lobbied to keep Cooter after the team made the decision to fire HC Jim Caldwell.
Cooter, 34, began his NFL coaching career with the Colts back in 2009 as an offensive assistant. He had brief stints with the Chiefs and Broncos before the Lions hired him as their QBs coach in 2014.
Detroit promoted Cooter to offensive coordinator during the 2015 season and he’s remained in the role ever since.
In 2017, the Lions’ offense ranked No. 13 in total yards, No. 7 in points scored, No. 21 in rushing yards and No. 6 in passing yards.