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Detroit Lions star identifies one big benefit of having Jim Bob Cooter as OC

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We will have to wait until Sunday morning to discover how new Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter will differ from his predecessor, Joe Lombardi, when it comes to play-calling.

But one Lions star has already identified a fairly significant difference in the meeting room.


Second-year tight end Eric Ebron, speaking from Detroit's secluded base ahead of their week eight clash in London today, revealed that Cooter's age has already given him something of an advantage over the fired Lombardi.


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"Jim Bob is younger so he has more of a personality on how to talk to us, and (explain things in) ways that we understand it," said Ebron when asked if he'd noticed any differences between the two coaches.

Cooter's age (he is 31) has been one of the major talking points since the Lions promoted him to OC this week, with some questioning whether the former quarterback coach had the experience required to lead an entire offense.

But, according to Ebron at least, the very fact he is only slightly older, or the same age, as the players he is controlling has actually helped reenergize the roster:

"Jim Bob knows how to bring a little bit of excitement," continued the TE, before making sure not to throw Lombardi under the bus.

"I'm not saying coach Lombardi didn't...but it's just he (Cooter) is younger and he knows how to approach a younger crowd."

There is certainly something to be said for the value of team camaraderie during tough times, so having a guy in there who can more easily relate to the players could be just what Detroit needs right now.

Still, with Cooter becoming the second youngest OC working in the NFL right now - Sean McVay at the Redskins is 29 - there is no question it is a lot of responsibility to be placed on young shoulders.

In the Lions' case, it looks like the exuberance of youth could be the key to rescuing their 2015 campaign. 

Lions fans: Was Cooter's appointment the right call, and should Jim Caldwell be fired? Have your say in the comments below...

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