COACHES
Jim Bob Cooter
Offensive Coordinator

Biography

Lions Offensive Coordinator Jim Bob Cooter came to Detroit in 2014 as the team’s quarterbacks coach before being promoted to his current post in Week 8 of the 2015 season. With Cooter’s expertise playing an instrumental role in guiding Detroit to two postseason appearances in the last three seasons, the Lions offense has evolved into a unit that thrives on efficiency, ball security and the ability to execute impact plays late in the game.

Entering his ninth season as an NFL coach, Cooter came to Detroit after serving as an offensive assistant in Denver, helping guide the Broncos offense to a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013.

Lions Offensive Coordinator Jim Bob Cooter came to Detroit in 2014 as the team’s quarterbacks coach before being promoted to his current post in Week 8 of the 2015 season. With Cooter’s expertise playing an instrumental role in guiding Detroit to two postseason appearances in the last three seasons, the Lions offense has evolved into a unit that thrives on efficiency, ball security and the ability to execute impact plays late in the game.

Entering his ninth season as an NFL coach, Cooter came to Detroit after serving as an offensive assistant in Denver, helping guide the Broncos offense to a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013.

LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

2016: After taking over as the team’s offensive coordinator in Week 8, Cooter propelled the Lions offense to new heights and helped lead Detroit to a 6-2 record over the final eight games of the season. In the final eight games of the 2015 season, QB Matthew Stafford accumulated the highest passer rating (110.1) over eight games by a Lions quarterback as he surpassed the 106.7 rating registered by QB Greg Landry over an eight-game span in 1976.  He also set the franchise’s eight-game record for completion percentage (70.0 pct) by surpassing the 68.9 completion percentage tallied by QB Jon Kitna over eight games in 2006-07.

  • QB Matthew Stafford, under Cooter’s tutelage, thrived in the clutch in 2016 as he led the Lions on eight fourth-quarter game-winning drives. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Stafford recorded the most game-winning drives accumulated by a quarterback in a season since the 1970 Merger.
  • Stafford played in his 100th career game in Week 7 vs. Washington (10/23) as he became the first quarterback in franchise history to reach that milestone. By reaching 100 career games in 2016, Stafford achieved the minimum to qualify among the best passers in NFL history with respect to passing yards per game. With a mark of 278.0 (30,303 yards in 109 games) following the 2016 season, Stafford concluded the year in second place on the NFL’s all-time list behind Saints QB Drew Brees (283.7; 66,111 yards in 233 games).
  • The Lions had five players record 50+ receptions, respectively, in 2016 (WR Golden Tate (91), WR Anquan Boldin (67), TE Eric Ebron (61), WR Marvin Jones Jr. (55) and RB Theo Riddick (53). Detroit became the fifth team in NFL history, and first in franchise history, to feature five different players with at least 50 catches in a season. Other teams to accomplish this include the 1980 Cleveland Browns, 1994 New England Patriots, 2011 New Orleans Saints and 2013 Denver Broncos.
  • As the team’s first-round (16th overall) selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, rookie T Taylor Decker started all 16 games at left tackle for the Lions in 2016. Decker became the first Lions rookie offensive tackle to start all 16 games in a season since T Jeff Backus in 2001. Decker became the third rookie offensive lineman, joining Backus and G Larry Warford (2013), to start all 16 games since 2000.

2015: After taking over as the team’s offensive coordinator in Week 8, Cooter helped lead Detroit to a 6-2 record over the final eight games of the season. In the final eight games of the 2015 season, Stafford accumulated the highest passer rating (110.1) over eight games by a Lions quarterback as he surpassed the 106.7 rating registered by QB Greg Landry over an eight-game span in 1976.  He also set the franchise’s eight-game record for completion percentage (70.0 pct) by surpassing the 68.9 completion percentage tallied by QB Jon Kitna over eight games in 2006-07.

  • Under Cooter, Stafford maintained his place among the League’s passing leaders as he finished the 2015 season ranked in the Top-10 in multiple league categories, including passer rating (9th, 97.0), passing yards (8th, 4,262), pass completions (5th, 398), completion percentage (5th, 67.2) and passing touchdowns (T-7th, 32).
  • With Tate (90), WR Calvin Johnson (88) and Riddick (80) each reaching the 80+ catch mark in 2015, this marked the first time in team history that three teammates each finished with at least 80 catches, respectively. The Lions accomplished this feat for only the fifth time in NFL history, joining the 2000 St. Louis Rams, 2002 Oakland Raiders, 2011 New Orleans Saints and 2014 Chicago Bears.
  • With the Lions netting 282 passing yards at Chicago in the season finale, the team finished with 4,212 passing yards on the season and reached 4,000+ for the fifth-consecutive year. Detroit is the sixth team in NFL history with five-straight 4,000-yard net passing seasons, the Lions’ 2015 total of 4,212 net passing yards ranks as the fifth-best in franchise history.
  • The Lions also led the NFL in 2015 in red zone efficiency with a touchdown-percentage of 69.4. On 49 red zone possessions, the Lions scored 44 times (34 TD, 10 FG).

2014: In Cooter’s first season in Detroit, he helped Stafford become the first Lions quarterback to play in the Pro Bowl since QB Greg Landry in 1972. After replacing Manning in the 2015 Pro Bowl, Stafford threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

  • With two touchdown passes in the Lions’ Week 8 comeback win over Atlanta in London (10/26), Stafford reached 120 touchdown passes for his career and became the Lions all-time leader in that category, breaking Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne’s previous record of 118. His current total stands at 163.
  • With two touchdown passes in the Lions’ Week 8 comeback win over Atlanta in London (10/26), Stafford reached 120 touchdown passes for his career and became the Lions all-time leader in that category, breaking Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne’s previous record of 118. His current total stands at 163.

With Cooter as a member of the coaching staff in 2013, the Broncos offense ranked first in the NFL in multiple categories, including total yards per game (465.3), total touchdowns (76), points per game (37.9), and set an NFL single-season record with 606 points scored. Broncos QB Peyton Manning set NFL records in passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55), and led the NFL in completions (450) as the team earned their third-straight AFC West division title.

Cooter’s previous NFL coaching experience includes stops with the Kansas City Chiefs (2012) and Indianapolis Colts (2009-2011). While with the Chiefs, the team ranked first in the AFC (fifth in the NFL) with 149.7 rushing yards per game as RB Jamaal Charles was named to his second Pro Bowl after racking up 1,509 yards and five rushing touchdowns.

During his three seasons in Indianapolis, he served three years on the offensive staff under Colts Offensive Coordinators Clyde Christensen and Tom Moore. The Colts won back-to-back AFC South division titles in 2009 and 2010, including a 14-game winning streak in 2009 to propel the team to an appearance in Super Bowl XLIV against New Orleans.

A former quarterback at the University of Tennessee, Cooter got his coaching start at his alma mater as a graduate assistant from 2007-08. As a player, he appeared in six games for the Volunteers and earned four Academic All-Southeastern Conference honors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Tennessee in 2006 and went on to receive a master’s degree in sports psychology in 2008.

Cooter is a native of Fayetteville, Tenn.

COOTER'S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions................................................................ 2014-

      Offensive Coordinator.............................................. 2015-

      Quarterbacks........................................................... 2014-15

Denver Broncos........................................................... 2013

      Offensive Assistant.................................................. 2013

Kansas City Chiefs...................................................... 2012

      Offensive Quality Control......................................... 2012

Indianapolis Colts........................................................ 2009-2011

      Assistant to Offensive Coordinator.......................... 2011

      Offensive Assistant.................................................. 2010

      Staff Assistant to Offense........................................ 2009

Tennessee.................................................................... 2007-08

      Graduate Assistant.................................................. 2007-08

Recent Videos

  • Cooter on cleaning up the pass game

    Posted Oct 12, 2017

    Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter talks about improving the pass game and about Darren Fells' role on offense.

  • Cooter on the Lions' running backs

    Posted Oct 5, 2017

    Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter talks about how the run game took another step forward last week and about Theo Riddick's role on offense.

  • Cooter on maximizing first down opportunities

    Posted Sep 28, 2017

    Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter talks about how one of the keys to a successful offense is capitalizing on first down opportunities, and he'd like to see improvements there for both the pass and run games.

  • Cooter on maximizing offensive points

    Posted Sep 21, 2017

    Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter says he is focused on maximizing the number of points scored on offense and taking advantage of multiple receivers that can make plays.

  • Lions Weekly Matchup: Giants

    Posted Sep 15, 2017

    Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter talks about the New York Giants' defense.

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