Lions players speak about the coaching change

The Detroit Lions players aren’t expecting their offense to be vastly different this week from last.

After a bit of house cleaning, where offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was fired  along with two offensive line coaches, quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter was named as his replacement.

The Lions then traveled to London for this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford stood in front of the London media this morning.

There’s going to be some tweaks, obviously. He’s his own play-caller, he’s his own person”, said Stafford of the upcoming changes with Cooter running the offense.

It won’t be Earth-shattering stuff, I wouldn’t think–given the one week of preparation we’ve had.

–Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on how much different the offense will be this week

Stafford said Cooter “has been around a lot of good ones (quarterbacks, including Broncos QB Peyton Manning), and he has a great base of knowledge.”

“He’s only had a few days to put his thumbprint on the offense. We’ll see where it goes from there”, Stafford added.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson stated that with Cooter running the offense things are “not terribly different. He came in and took charge from the beginning.”

He’s getting us well-prepared so far. We’re getting ready for Kansas City.

–Lions Wide receiver Calvin Johnson on new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter


Tight end Eric Ebron was also interviewed in London this morning, and was asked about his player group’s new coach Devin Fitzsimmons, and what they had to do to help the Lions win.

“We’re just going to try to stick to our guns, do what we do best, and try to do it better”, Ebron said.

“We spent time with (Fitzsimmons, new tight ends coach) when the… stuff happened…we spent time with him today, and on the plane as well”, added Ebron.

He laid down a set of rules (in his first meeting), told us what we have to abide by and, basically, go out there and execute, at the end of the day,” Ebron said.

Ebron was asked how the offense could change this week:

I mean, there’s not really much you can do. Like I said, we’re going to have to stick to our guns.

–Lions TE Eric Ebron on how the offense can be better this week


So, the Lions are realistic in not thinking that this week’s coaching change is going to be a magic solution, or a fix-all. Hopefully the fans will look at it the same way.