Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter has the offense in the right direction. The lack of run game will make his uptempo pass game difficult to manage, but he has done well with what he has to work with. He has rejuvenated Stafford’s plateauing career.
With one coordinator trending up, one is trending down on the defensive side. DC Teryl Austin has struggled to find that 2014 magic. At the same time, it would very tough to be successful with the current group of misfits he is working with. He almost has no option other than to think outside the box to deceive the offense. All he has ended up doing in his attempt to be creative is put his players in unfavorable situations and unfortunate mismatches. We all know what Austin is capable of with decent talent and he deserves a pass for the time being.
Lastly, Jim Caldwell. I’m not convinced he is all that is wrong with Detroit like some think. If the hiring of GM Quinn happened sooner, Caldwell might not even be here to be honest. This is a trial year for Quinn. No matter how poorly the team performs, team owner Martha Ford loves Caldwell and there is no point in just having an interim coach with no real long-term future.
Unfortunately, his monotonous exterior appears to be wearing off on the players. The Lions looked completely unprepared and even listless on occasion. That can be put on the head coach.
You can blame the coaches all you want, but the current roster talent is arguably in the bottom-5 of the league. The Lions have lost three games to teams that are also considered bottom feeders in the NFL. You are what your record says you are, and I don’t think any coach could come in right now and completely extinguish the flames of this raging dumpster fire.
COACHES GRADE: C
— Detroit Lions Fans (@LionsNewsNow) October 5, 2016