Cooter out as Lions’ offensive coordinator

Jim Bob Cooter is out as offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions after 3 1/2 seasons.The club announced Tuesday that Cooter’s contract would not be renewed after the Lions’ offense struggled to make progress during Matt Patricia’s first season as Detroit’s head coach.”I think it’s only fair, at this point of the season, for all aspects of the team, players, coaches, personnel, all of it, to allow the emotion of the season to come down and for everybody to just have that opportunity to clear your head and then go back through and analyze everything from that standpoint to see what is best for the team moving forward, in all aspects,” Patricia said Monday, when asked about potential staff changes.”It’s not just coaching. It’s support staff, it’s players, it’s scheduling, it’s everything. So, we’ll definitely evaluate everybody.”In 2018, the Lions’ offense ranked in the bottom third of the league in most categories, despite the fact that three first-round picks and two significant free agent additions were on the offensive line.Quarterback Matthew Stafford also failed to improve after performing near the top of his game under Cooter in 2016 and ’17, when Jim Caldwell was the Lions’ head coach. Stafford threw for 3,777 yards this year, the first time in a season in which he played all 16 games that he failed to reach the 4,000 mark.The conservative nature of the offense was clearly evident, which Patricia noted while also sharing responsibility after the Lions were eliminated from postseason contention a couple of weeks ago.”Jim Bob’s in charge of the offense and he puts the packages together, but I’m in charge of all of it,” Patricia said then. “So, all three phases are going to have what I feel is going to help us win that game in particular.”