Matthew Stafford has worked with three offensive coordinators in his first nine NFL seasons, and the Detroit Lions quarterback would like to keep it that way heading into Year 10. Stafford said Monday he hopes the Lions maintain continuity on offense after firing Jim Caldwell as head coach. Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and most of the rest of the offensive staff remain under contract, and the next Lions coach will pick which of those assistants to keep. Offensive line coach Ron Prince was the only assistant fired along with Caldwell on Monday. "Jim Bob and I have a great relationship and ever since he’s had the opportunity to take the reins, this offense has moved in the right direction in my opinion," Stafford said. "I feel like I’m playing some of the best football of my career, so I would love to have the opportunity to keep working with him. He’s been good for us and good for me." Stafford has completed 66.3 percent of his passes and averaged more than 272 yards passing per game since Cooter was promoted to offensive coordinator seven games into the 2015 season.
Matthew Stafford lobbies Detroit Lions to keep Jim Bob Cooter as OC
Detroit Free Press | Jan 1