Jets Hire Jim Bob Cooter

The Jets’ new coaching staff will feature former Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, according to a team press release. Cooter will serve as the Jets’ running backs coach in 2019. 

Cooter has been on the market since Jan. 1 when the Lions informed him that his contract would not be renewed. In recent weeks, he interviewed for the Browns’ offensive coordinator position and the Cardinals’ OC job.

Under Cooter, the Lions had the NFL’s No. 7 scoring offense in 2017. This past season, however, Matthew Stafford regressed. That might explain why Cooter was unable to make a lateral move in the latest cycle, but his new job with Gang Green could put him back in the OC mix.

The Jets’ running game has been lacking in recent years, but they’ll be armed with $100MM+ in cap room. It’s safe to say that some of that cash will go towards fortifying the run-blocking of the offensive line, as well as finding a new primary ballcarrier. Le’Veon Bell‘s name has come up frequently, but the Jets reportedly won’t break the bank to sign him.

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