Detroit Lions announce they will not renew Jim Bob Cooter's contract

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-01 20:58:51-05

(WXYZ) — ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions are not renewing offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's contract.

The Lions announced their decision Tuesday, two days after finishing 6-10 in coach Matt Patricia's first season at the helm. Cooter was a holdover from Jim Caldwell's staff, but his first season with Patricia did not go well.

Only two teams in the NFC scored fewer points than Detroit's 324. Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson gave the Lions' running game a bit of a boost before he was lost for the season with a knee injury. Quarterback Matthew Stafford took a step back, falling short of 4,000 yards passing for the first time since his injury-filled 2010 campaign.

Detroit won its finale 31-0 over Green Bay, but that was the only time in its last 10 games that the Lions scored more than 22 points.