Not all of the coaching staff will turnover in Detroit. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

This has been expected for awhile now, but Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that the Lions are expected to retain offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. Detroit, of course, will hire current Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as its new head coach shortly after today’s Super Bowl.

The Lions also interviewed Cooter for the HC job, though Patricia was long regarded as the favorite for the position. Cooter, just 33, is viewed as a rising star in the coaching ranks, and while the Lions’ offense has not set the world ablaze in his two full seasons as OC — the unit ranked 15th in DVOA in 2016 and 17th in 2017 — he does have the support of his quarterback. The day former Lions head coach Jim Caldwell was fired, Matthew Stafford lobbied for Cooter to be retained.

Plus, it can’t hurt for the team to have a little continuity. With Patricia taking over the team and defense, the offense will continue to operate under a familiar face and a familiar scheme.

As Schefter notes, Patricia and Cooter do not know each other personally, but they share a fan in Detroit GM Bob Quinn, who worked with Patricia in New England.

QUIZ: Name the losing coach from every Super Bowl

Of the 51 Super Bowls in NFL history, 34 coaches have been on the losing end of the big game. How many of them can you name?

Clue: Super Bowl/Losing team

 

Score:
0/51
Time:
8:00
I-KC
Hank Stram
II-RAI
John Rauch
III-BAL
Don Shula
IV-MIN
Bud Grant
V-DAL
Tom Landry
VI-MIA
Don Shula
VII-WAS
George Allen
VIII-MIN
Bud Grant
IX-MIN
Bud Grant
X-DAL
Tom Landry
XI-MIN
Bud Grant
XII-DEN
Red Miller
XIII-DAL
Tom Landry
XIV-RAM
Ray Malavasi
XV-PHI
Dick Vermeil
XVI-CIN
Forrest Gregg
XVII-MIA
Don Shula
XVIII-WAS
Joe Gibbs
XIX-MIA
Don Shula
XX-NE
Raymond Berry
XXI-DEN
Dan Reeves
XXII-DEN
Dan Reeves
XXIII-CIN
Sam Wyche
XXIV-DEN
Dan Reeves
XV-BUF
Marv Levy
XVI-BUF
Marv Levy
XVII-BUF
Marv Levy
XVIII-BUF
Marv Levy
XXIX-SD
Bobby Ross
XXX-PIT
Bill Cowher
XXXI-NE
Bill Parcells
XXXII-GB
Mike Holmgren
XXXIII-ATL
Dan Reeves
XXXIV-TEN
Jeff Fisher
XXXV-NYG
Jim Fassel
XXXVI-STL
Mike Martz
XXXVII-OAK
Bill Callahan
XXXVIII-CAR
John Fox
XXXIX-PHI
Andy Reid
XL-SEA
Mike Holmgren
XLI-CHI
Lovie Smith
XLII-NE
Bill Belichick
XLIII-ARI
Ken Whisenhunt
XLIV-IND
Jim Caldwell
XLV-PIT
Mike Tomlin
XLVI-NE
Bill Belichick
XLVII-SF
Jim Harbaugh
XLVIII-DEN
John Fox
XLIX-SEA
Pete Carroll
50-CAR
Ron Rivera
LI-ATL
Dan Quinn
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