- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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New Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Friday morning that he would like to hire a quarterbacks coach. It would appear the Lions have found their guy.
Bruce Feldman from CBS Sports is reporting the Lions will hire Jim Bob Cooter as their new quarterbacks coach.
Cooter, whose actual name is James Robert Cooter, was an offensive assistant with Denver last season, and the offensive quality control coach with Kansas City in 2012.
He has ties to Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, having worked with him in Indianapolis as an offensive staff assistant in 2009, an offensive assistant in 2010, and the assistant to the offensive coordinator in 2011.
Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee for two seasons. He was a reserve quarterback for Tennessee from 2002 to 2006.
Cooter has never coached quarterbacks, though. One thing Lombardi said he wasn't concerned about in wanting a dedicated quarterbacks coach is having too many people talking with quarterback Matthew Stafford.
“Well, I think it’s important that Jim (Caldwell) and I and the quarterback coach are all on the same page. I mean, we had something similar in New Orleans. You know, Sean (Payton) certainly knew a lot about coaching quarterbacks. Pete Carmichael had been the quarterback coach before I became the quarterbacks coach, and he moved on to coordinator," Lombardi said. "So, there were three voices there, but I learned from Sean and Pete, and Pete had learned from Sean, so we all spoke the same language. There wasn’t any pull.
"We’re going to have the same situation here, and I’m sure those relationships will evolve a little bit. But, you know, there’s a process to playing quarterback, and that process is going to start Day 1 of the offseason when Matthew gets in here. I guarantee you that Coach Caldwell, myself and the quarterbacks coach will be on the same page as how we want that process to go, the language that we’re using with him. All those things will be consistent.”