On Tuesday, news broke that the Detriot Lions had fired offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. That move did not come as much of a surprise as most had been lobbying for the move for some time.
Following that news, a tweet surfaced from Michael Lombardi saying we could expect a lot more moves to be made before all was said and done.
Expect a ton of changes besides Cooter in Detroit.
— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) January 1, 2019
Now, according to a report from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions have let go offensive assistant, Derius Swinton. As Birkett notes, Swinton is a former special teams coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers and had been helping out the Lions in a similar capacity following the firing of the special teams’ coach, Joe Marciano.
Swinton, the former special teams coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers, was helping some in that capacity after after Joe Marciano's dismissal in November.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) January 2, 2019
So, Nation, who’s next to get fired?
The Detroit Lions next offensive coordinator will be…
On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions FINALLY cut ties with offensive coordinator, Jim Bob Cooter. It’s a move they should have made a long time ago as the guy could not play call himself out of a paper bag. But we are talking about the Lions and as we know, they always keep players, coaches, and general managers for way too long.
So, now that Cooter is gone, the speculation has begun as to who will be the Lions, next offensive coordinator.
Within an hour of the announcement that the Lions had decided not to renew Cooter’s contract, the local media and bloggers started to release their pieces on potential candidates to replace him. Some listed as few as five candidates while others seemed to list every offensive coach they have ever heard of.
To be honest, I personally have a list of seven which I planned on publishing (maybe I still will) until I actually gave it some thought and realized exactly who the Lions will hire. Note: He did not make my top seven.
Let me make something very clear. I do not trust Bob Quinn, Matt Patricia, or anyone else with power in the Lions organization when it comes to evaluating player or coaching talent. Because of that, I have to believe they will make the wrong hire once again.