Jim Bob Cooter

Jim Bob Cooter
Detroit Lions
Position: Offensive coordinator
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-07-03) July 3, 1984
Place of birth: Fayetteville, Tennessee
Career information
High school: Fayetteville (TN) Lincoln
College: Tennessee
Career history
As coach:
Coaching stats at PFR

James Robert "Jim Bob" Cooter (born July 3, 1984) is an American football coach who is the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Tennessee, and has since coached for Tennessee, the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, and Denver Broncos before being hired by the Lions.


Jim Bob Cooter attended Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tennessee,[1] and the University of Tennessee, where he was a backup quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers football team.[2] He appeared in three games for the Volunteers, and was named to the Academic All-Southeastern Conference team.[3]

Cooter served as a graduate assistant for Tennessee in 2007 and 2008. He was then hired as an offensive assistant by the Indianapolis Colts, working for them from 2009 through 2011. He served as the offensive quality control coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012, and then joined the Denver Broncos as an offensive assistant in 2013 with the support of Peyton Manning. The Lions hired Cooter as their quarterbacks coach in 2014.[4] After the season, they denied a request of the Chicago Bears, who wanted to interview him for their offensive coordinator position.[5]

The Lions promoted Cooter to offensive coordinator during the 2015 season, after former offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was fired midseason.[2]

Personal life

Cooter is from Fayetteville.[6] He was arrested for driving under the influence in June 2006, and was suspended from the Volunteers as a result.[4]


  1. "Report: Detroit Lions to name Jim Bob Cooter quarterbacks coach". MLive.com. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  2. 1 2 Des Bieler (October 26, 2015). "Lions fire offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, replace him with Jim Bob Cooter". Washington Post. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  3. "Who is new Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter?". Sports Illustrated. October 26, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Who is Jim Bob Cooter? Five things to know about the new Lions OC". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  5. "'Phenomenal' Jim Bob Cooter too valuable for Detroit Lions to let go". Detroit Free Press. February 24, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  6. "Former Vol 'Jim Bob' Cooter facing burglary charges". WLVT-TV. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
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