Detroit News staff and wires
Published 5:31 PM EST Feb 8, 2019
Allen Park — Former Detroit Lions coaches Jim Caldwell and Jim Bob Cooter were officially hired for new jobs on Friday.
Following rumors from last month, Caldwell, the Lions’ head coach from 2014-17, was introduced as the quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach on Brian Flores’ staff in Miami.
“Jim is an incredible human being, a man of faith and a great football coach. His experience as a head coach will be invaluable for me,” Flores said. “Jim is a great teacher, highly organized and somebody that I have a lot of respect for.”
Prior to working with the Lions, Caldwell coached quarterbacks at Penn State (1986-92), Tampa Bay (2001), Indianapolis (2002-08) and Baltimore (2012-13).
Caldwell’s record with the Lions was 36-28 in the regular season, and 0-2 in the playoffs. Caldwell was fired by the Lions after a 9-7 finish in 2017.
Caldwell’s former offensive coordinator in Detroit, Cooter, will coach the running backs for the New York Jets.
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Cooter will work for Adam Gase in New York. The pair previously worked together in Denver, where Gase was the offensive coordinator and Cooter served as an offensive assistant.
Gase also hired former Lions assistant Shawn Jefferson as a wide receivers coach and assistant head coach.
Cooter mutually parted ways with the Lions after his contract expired at the end of last season.
Cap specialist swap
A month after the Lions hired Mike Disner to replace Matt Harriss as the franchise’s vice president of football administration, Harriss has been hired by the Arizona Cardinals as the team’s director of football administration, essentially filling Disner’s former job.
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