Detroit Lions: Getting to know Jim Bob Cooter

On Monday, the Detroit Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn, and assistant offensive line coach Terry Heffernan.

The moves left a need for head coach Jim Caldwell to promote former quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter to offensive coordinator.

Cooter, 31, will take over play-calling duties.

But who is Jim Bob Cooter?

Cooter played quarterback at the University of Tennessee where he played in parts of six games for the Volunteers in three seasons from 2003 to 2005.

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.

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Cooter was listed as a graduate assistant coach for the Vols from 2007-2008.

His first NFL coaching job came in 2009 when he was hired by Caldwell to be a “staff assistant to the offense” for the Indianapolis Colts.

In 2009, Cooter was arrested for burglary in a bizarre incident. He was also arrested in 2006 for a DUI.

Cooter was promoted to “Offensive Assistant” in 2010, then was named “Assistant to the Offensive Coordinator” in 2011 with the Colts.

After Caldwell’s departure from Indianapolis following a 2011 campaign which saw the Colts go 2-14, Cooter was named “offensive quality control coach” for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 (although his Lions bio does not mention that experience).

In 2013, he served again as an “offensive assistant”–this time with the Denver Broncos.

In February of 2014, Cooter was hired by the Lions as quarterbacks coach.

Cooter has had the experience of working with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning, and now he has had the chance to work with Matthew Stafford.

Now he will get his first shot at calling the plays for the Lions.

Ron Prince was also named assistant head coach/offensive line, Curtis Modkins named running backs coach/run game coordinator and Devin Fitzsimmons becomes tight ends coach.