According to Albert Breer, the Detroit Lions will be relieving offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter of his duties. It was a mutual agreement to part ways after Cooter’s contract ended this season.
Per sources, the Lions and OC Jim Bob Cooter have mutually agreed to part ways. Other teams have shown interest in Cooter the last few days.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 1, 2019
The Lions will not give Cooter an extension and he will be free to pursue other coaching opportunities.
Cooter was originally hired as the quarterback coach in 2014. He took over for former Lions OC Joe Lombardi midway through the 2015 season and injected a spark in the offense. Lions QB Matthew Stafford put together three of his best years under Cooter, but the offense and Stafford regressed precipitously in 2018.
Lions GM Bob Quinn will now be on the search for Cooter’s replacement.
(This article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)