Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter and QB Matthew Stafford had obvious chemistry last season, when Stafford threw 19 touchdowns and just two interceptions in the final eight games. His 110.1 QB rating during that stretch would have led the league, if extrapolated for the full season.
But that offense was held together by the football equivalent of bubble gum and duct tape. Cooter basically took the reins while on a flight to London, and had only a couple days to prepare before making his playcalling debut against the Chiefs.
Cooter slowly faded out the Joe Lombardi system in subsequent weeks, while working in some of his own concepts, all the while keeping everything simple enough for guys to understand. But it was never the offense he wanted to run. Not completely.
Cooter has had months to work on the system and it's clearly suiting Stafford's game right now, the story said. It went on to say Stafford's been sharp throughout training camp, but especially so in recent days. He put only one ball on the ground Sunday and Monday combined, then led the first-team offense to that touchdown in Wednesday's 2-minute drill. Stafford's ADP is just the 11th round so he could be a real nice find at that point in the draft.