Detroit interviewed Cooter for their head coaching position but ultimately decided to go with current New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
Cooter is likely to receive more coaching consideration moving forward as he is widely considered an up-and-coming coach in the NFL ranks.
Cooter has the support of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford who lobbied for the offensive coordinator to be retained when former head coach Jim Caldwell was fired.
Lions Re-Sign DeShawn Shead
The Detroit Lions have re-signed cornerback DeShawn Shead, who was cut during final roster trim downs, according to a team announcement.
Shead will provide some depth in the wake of starting cornerback Darius Slay’s concussion.
Shead was a full-time starter during the 2016 season for the Seattle Seahawks, but a knee injury he suffered during a playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons knocked his career off track for a while.
Three takeaways from the Detroit Lions loss to the San Francisco 49ers, making them 0-2 to start the 2018 season.
1. The whole “get down and try to comeback in the 4th quarter” seems to still be the reputation for the Lions
This was the story when Jim Caldwell was the head coach of the Lions, and that looks to be the same way if this keeps up with Matt Patricia as head coach. After being down 30-13, the Lions tried to muster up a comeback and came up short. It didn’t help either that the referees made a bad call during this comeback which completely ruined it. But, with the talent on this team, this shouldn’t be the case that they always have to be playing down.
2. The running game looked much better this week than last week
Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount looked much better this week compared to last week. They actually had positive yardage this time around and almost ran for 100 yards as a team. Both Johnson and Blount got eight carries a piece, with Johnson getting the better end by tallying up 43 yards. Johnson and Blount should be a great duo down the stretch of the season so hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.
3. When Stafford turns the ball over, it always happens in the worst ways
Anytime Stafford throws an interception or fumbles the ball, it always looks so sloppy and occurs at the worst time in games. When Stafford fumbled early in the game, that was a huge momentum swing in favor of the 49ers and the 49ers seemed to never look back. The same could be said for incompletions too because Stafford overthrew open targets all throughout the game too.
Overall, the Lions looked much better this week than they did last week. But, the Lions still looked bad in this game. After finally experiencing a lead in this game early, the Lions lost it and never could crawl of the hole they put themselves in. The offense looked to actually have flow this time around, but still had lots of plays where they are throwing the ball behind the line of scrimmage and expecting to make plays out of nothing. The defense looked bad again and it still needs lots of work to get better. In conclusion, both of these games so far have proved that this team isn’t this good this year. But, maybe (just maybe), Patricia can figure it out sooner, rather than later.
Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions opening game embarrassment to the New York Jets
- The poor play during the preseason was a sign of things to come
During the preseason, when the starters for the Lions were out on the field, they didn’t look good at all. During this time, fans said relax because it was just the preseason. Personally, I saw it as a problem then because you want to at least look at one positive coming out of the preseason, and the Lions didn’t have that. It looks like those struggles carried over to the regular season because they struggled in every facet of football.
2. The defensive line needs help
This was something that was known going into the season and it was proved even more this time around. The only time the Lions could get pressure was if they sent a linebacker to blitz or Ziggy Ansah had to pull a trick out of his hat to create pressure. I see this being a problem all year for the Lions and it will hurt them a lot down the stretch of the season when the quarterback has all day to throw it.
3. The running game doesn’t look improved, even with the signing of LeGarrette Blount
When the Lions signed Blount, there was a lot of hype behind it because Blount is a solid running back and looked to bring back a running game that has been terrible for years. After this game, it looks like the signing didn’t do anything. Blount only had four carries and totaled -3 yards. It isn’t really Blount’s fault either because on his 1st run, the o-line got pushed back and Stafford didn’t read a cornerback blitz, which led to a -7 yard run to start. This signing probably won’t lead to an improvement if this keeps happening every week.
This was one of the worst Lions game I have seen in a while. After a great start of getting an interception for a touchdown off Sam Darnold, it went all downhill from there. Not only that, the Lions looked bad in every part of the game. The defense got picked apart, the offense was so bad that the Jets defense knew what play was coming (sounds familiar with Joe Lombardi), and the line on both sides of the ball is getting beaten. Even though this was only the 1st game of the season, there is a lot to worry about in Detroit.
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