ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia has not made any decisions yet on the fate of some of his assistant coaches following the end of the 2018 season, instead choosing to wait for the emotions of the season to settle down before potentially making any cuts.
The biggest one, in particular, would be offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, whose job status has been in question for over a month.
“It’s only fair at this point of the season for all aspects of the team, players, coaches, personnel, all of it, to allow the emotion of the season to come down,” Patricia said. “And for everybody to just have that opportunity to clear your head and then go back through and analyze everything at that standpoint to see what is best for the team moving forward. In all aspects.
“It’s not just coaching. It’s support staff. It’s players. It’s scheduling. It’s everything from that standpoint. So we’ll definitely evaluate everything.”
Cooter’s offense ranked in the bottom half of the league in every statistic except for pass interception rate (2.1 percent), fourth-down conversions (61.1 percent) and time of possession (31:23). The Lions were No. 27 in yards per play (5.14), No. 24 in yards per game (327.3) and scored 19.38 offensive points per game – No. 24 in the league. All three stats were also last in the NFC North.
Patricia said everyone has to get better and labeled the 2018 season a “disappointment” as a whole. But as he evaluates changes, he didn’t offer a timeline for when he’ll make his moves – as teams around the NFL begin to reshuffle their staffs with eight head coaching openings and, theoretically, at least that many coordinator spots open.
“I don’t know. I don’t think I need to put a hard timeline at this current moment,” Patricia said. “But obviously we have a timeline that we do have to address with it. Things will come up when they come up.
“For the minute, I’m just going to take the rest of today and maybe enjoy the New Year and see my kids and my wife and we’ll settle in and we’ll go from there. So that’s probably the best idea.”