COACHES
Jim Bob Cooter
Offensive Coordinator

Biography

Jim Bob Cooter came to Detroit in 2014 as the team’s quarterbacks coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator 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 four 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 10th season as an NFL coach, Cooter served as an offensive assistant in Denver prior to Detroit, helping guide the Broncos offense to a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII following the 2013 season.

Jim Bob Cooter came to Detroit in 2014 as the team’s quarterbacks coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator 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 four 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 10th season as an NFL coach, Cooter served as an offensive assistant in Denver prior to Detroit, helping guide the Broncos offense to a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII following the 2013 season.

LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

2017: With 35 points scored against the Packers in Week 17, Detroit finished with 410 points (25.6 pts/g) in 2017 and scored 400 points in a season for the third time in franchise history (474 in 2011 and 436 in 1995).

  • QB Matthew Stafford compiled a 99.3 passer rating for the season and established a new single-season franchise record. He now has the Top-4 highest passer ratings in a season in Lions history with three of those occurring in each of the past three years (97.0 in 2015; 93.3 in 2016).
  • Stafford also finished in the Top 10 in almost every passing category in 2017, including passing touchdowns (29, 4th), yards (4,446, 3rd), completions (371, 3rd), completion percentage (65.7, 6th) and passer rating (99.3, 6th).
  • With WR Golden Tate (1,003) and WR Marvin Jones Jr. (1,101) both finishing with 1,000 receiving yards in 2017, it marked the seventh time in team history, and first since 2014, that two receivers both reached 1,000 yards in a season. Detroit was also one of only three teams in 2017 (NE and KC) to feature two players with 1,000 receiving yards.
  • The Lions also finished sixth in the NFL in net passing yards per game (261.4) and ninth in yards per play (5.51).
  • RB Theo Riddick continued to establish himself as a major threat in the passing game as he finished with 53 receptions for 444 yards and two touchdowns, marking his third-consecutive season with 50 or more receptions (80 in 2015, 53 in 2016, 53 in 2017).

2016: In 2016, Cooter’s first full season as offensive coordinator, the Lions scored on 64 of the team's 156 offensive possessions (41.0 percent), which ranked seventh in the NFL. With only 15 giveaways in 2016 (10 interceptions, five lost fumbles), the Lions also set a new franchise record for fewest giveaways in a single-season since 1940. This year's total surpassed the team’s previous best of 20 accomplished twice (2014, 2004).

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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 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. 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

 University of Tennessee........................................................................ 2007-08

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

Recent Videos

  • Cooter on offseason progress, goals and more

    Posted May 29, 2018

    Offensive Coordinator, Jim Bob Cooter, discusses topics on the Lions offseason progress, his goals and more.

  • Cooter on route running

    Posted Dec 28, 2017

    Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter talks about WR Kenny Golladay and the improvements he can make heading into next year.

  • Cooter on Glasgow playing center

    Posted Dec 21, 2017

    Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter talks about how G Graham Glasgow has gotten a lot of reps at both guard and center, and he's always prepared to perform whatever he's asked.

  • Cooter on Abdullah's role

    Posted Dec 13, 2017

    Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter talks about how he's excited to have RB Ameer Abdullah back healthy again and and says he can contribute help out the Lions' offense.

  • Cooter on various strengths in the wide receiver corps

    Posted Dec 7, 2017

    Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter talks about how the wide receivers are improving every week and says it's nice to have a variety of receivers with different strengths.

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