Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press
Published 2:35 PM EST Feb 8, 2019
The best name in sports is headed to the Big Apple.
Former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter is joining the New York Jets as running backs coach, the team announced Tuesday.
Cooter was fired by the Lions in January after they finished the season ranked 24th in total offense and 25th in scoring offense.
He initially joined the Lions staff in 2014 as quarterbacks coach under then head coach Jim Caldwell, and was elevated to offensive coordinator midway through the 2015 season after the Lions fired Joe Lombardi.
Matt Patricia retained Cooter as offensive play caller after he was hired as Lions head coach last February, but their union produced a middling offense that tailed off late in the season after the trade of Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles, and the loss of Kerryon Johnson and Marvin Jones to injury.
The Lions hired Darrell Bevell as Cooter’s replacement, and will unveil their new offensive coordinator to season ticket holders in a staged event Monday.
Cooter, who was the youngest offensive coordinator in the NFL this season at 34 years old, worked with new Jets coach Adam Gase with the Denver Broncos before coming to Detroit.
He reportedly was in the mix for the Arizona Cardinals passing game coordinator job that went to Tom Clements.
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