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Monday, February 10, 2014
Morning Roar: What Cooter's hire may mean

By Michael Rothstein

Good morning and ROOOOAAARRR!!!!

New Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said he wanted to have a quarterbacks coach to go with both himself and head coach Jim Caldwell -- both of whom were hired in part due to their expertise in dealing with quarterbacks.

And on Friday afternoon, hours after Lombardi said that, Detroit added a third voice for quarterback Matthew Stafford: Former Tennessee quarterback James Robert "Jim Bob" Cooter, who was an offensive assistant in Denver. Colleague Jeff Legwold wrote about what Denver was losing.

But what the Lions are gaining is a team approach to working with Stafford, who became the clear focal point of this hiring process. Detroit hired a head coach known for working with Peyton Manning. It hired an offensive coordinator who aided Drew Brees. And now its dedicated position coach worked both with Caldwell in Indianapolis and Manning in Denver.

So the mold is there, as is the new expectations. By hiring these three men, the Lions have a clear vision for what they want Stafford to be. The main concern about having so many quarterback-centric coaches is whether all the different voices Stafford could hear in a week could end up being a giant amount of white noise, leaving the message incapable of reaching him clear and concise.

Lombardi insists that will not be an issue. It was something he dealt with in New Orleans and as long as the message is the same from all three voices, it should only emphasize the point more, not cause confusion. This will now be one of the early things the new Lions staff must figure out.

And now, a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:

This week's Lions Mailbag, featuring your questions. Detroit re-signed Dominic Raiola on Friday and why that was an intelligent move by the organization. Lombardi is planning on calling plays for the Lions -- and what the team might be able to expect when that happens. If they had to, who in this draft could replace Calvin Johnson.

Miller McCalmon will retire from the Detroit scouting department, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Lombardi can craft his own image, writes Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press.

Raiola tells Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News he doesn't think coming season will be his last.

Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin says there will be accountability for repeated errors, writes Justin Rogers of MLive.