Lions Part Ways With Jim Bob Cooter

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(97.1 The Ticket) -- The Detroit Lions are in the market for a new offensive coordinator.
After posting a 6-10 record under first-year head coach Matt Patricia in 2018, the Lions announced Tuesday they are not renewing offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's contract with the team. The team did not give any more details on the decision.

The #Lions have elected to not renew Offensive Coordinator Jim Bob Cooter’s contract with the team.

— Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 1, 2019

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport interrupted a live segment to break the news Tuesday.

When news breaks on live TV... you have to get everyone else to stop talking. The #Lions and OC Jim Bob Cooter have parted ways.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 1, 2019

The decision comes a day after Patricia told the media at the team's facility in Allen Park he was needed to let the emotions of the end of the season settle a little bit before making a decision on any possible coaching changes.

Cooter was hired by former Lions head coach Jim Caldwell in 2014 as the quarterbacks coach and he was promoted to offensive coordinator during the 2015 season when the team fired Joe Lombardi.

Patricia is now faced with finding the right man for the job, looking to right the ship and restore the Lions offense that ranked just 25th in scoring across the NFL this season.

Rapoport says Cooter is likely to land with another NFL team soon, as he is free to interview with other teams, which he has already received requests to do.

Source: The #Lions and OC Jim Bob Cooter have agreed to mutually part ways. He’s free to interview elsewhere as Detroit heads in another direction. And he’s received requests to interview.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 1, 2019