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Jim Caldwell says Cooters' history with Stafford key to his promotion

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Usually when NFL teams head across to the pond to London to play at Wembley, a lot of the questions they face in the run-up to the game center around travel issues and future franchises.

That wasn't the case for Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell today, however, as he spoke to the media just two days on from firing offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

And, fielding questions about the factors leading up to replacing Lombardi with Jim Bob Cooter, Caldwell revealed one of the things that helped make the decision a little easier.


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"One of the things that was considered strongly was the fact that he's the closest one to the guy (Matthew Stafford) on our offense that is most important," said Caldwell when discussing Cooter's promotion from quarterback coach.

"With any changes that are made, it is an easier transition because no translation has to be done."

"It is very simple and quick for Jim Bob, who has been spending a lot of time with Stafford, to say 'hey this is like this'."

Finding an answer

Lombardi's inability to utilise Stafford's talent effectively ultimately cost him his job, and the fact the Lions were high on Cooter for the role because of his relationship with the QB only emphasises the point.

Whether Cooter's arrival in the OC position leads to any radical changes in style remains to be seen. Detroit fans will, though, be hoping that the knowledge picked up in his prior role can help the Lions finally get the best out of their host of offensive weapons.

Lions fans: What has been the biggest problem in 2015, was who is to blame besides Lombardi? Have your say in comments below...

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