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Matt Patricia: No ‘hard timeline’ on decision for Jim Bob Cooter’s fate

It’s unclear when the Lions will decide who their OC will be in 2019.

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If the Detroit Lions plan on moving on from offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, head coach Matt Patricia isn’t tipping the team’s hand yet. During his final press conference of the year, Patricia said the team hasn’t made a decision on the coordinator’s fate for 2019, and that he wants to wait for the dust to settle before coming to any conclusions.

“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 and for everybody to have that opportunity to clear your head,” Patricia said. “Then go back through and analyze everything at that standpoint to see what is best for the team moving forward.”

When asked how long that cool-down phase may take and when the evaluation will take place, Patricia wouldn’t give specifics, but it sounded like it may be soon.

“I don’t think I need to put a hard timeline on it at this current moment, but obviously we have a timeline that we do have to address with it, and things will come up when they come up,” the Lions head coach said. “For the minute, I’m just going to take the rest of the day, maybe enjoy the new year and see my kids and my wife, and we’ll settle in and we’ll go from there.”

So while Black Monday has already opened up eight head coaching gigs around the NFL and claimed the jobs of several other coordinators, it looks like Patricia and company will take a little slower approach. We’ll see if that means a couple days, a couple weeks or longer to find out who their offensive coordinator will be in 2019. Remember, Cooter’s contract only ran through 2018, so at some point—likely still in the near future—they’ll have to make a choice.

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