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Lions Chat with OC Jim Bob Cooter About Head Coaching Spot

The Lions today continued their search for a new head coach, and this time it was with one of their own, as they talked with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.

For now Cooter remains with the franchise, and there’s no doubt the team has been good on offense with him.

Cooter remains under contract as the Lions’ offensive coordinator, a position he’s held since the middle of the 2015 season. He was originally hired to be the quarterbacks coach in 2014, and was promoted after the in-season firing of Joe Lombardi.

Just 31 years old at the time of the promotion, Cooter became the league’s second-youngest playcaller. Second only to Sean McVay, by the way, who seems to be doing OK as a head coach these days. And Cooter got immediate results too, especially with his quarterback.

In 41 games with Cooter, Matthew Stafford has completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 73 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and a QB rating of 98.2. In the 41 games before that, Stafford completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 66 touchdowns, 42 interceptions and a QB rating of 85.3.

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