7. Jim Bob Cooter: Wouldn’t it be great to poach our division-rival Lions by depriving them of their brilliant young offensive coordinator?
The man with the funny name was the driving force behind last season’s turnaround that saw the Lions go from a 1-7 disaster to finishing the 2015 campaign with a respectable 6-2 record and save Jim Caldwell’s job in the process.
It’s no coincidence that Matthew Stafford’s level of play has dramatically improved with Cooter at the controls. The franchise signal caller has registered a 37:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio since the Tennessee-native assumed play-calling duties.
Stafford has been getting the ball out of his hands a lot quicker in an effort to target the team’s myriad weapons in the shallow passing game (Anquan Boldin, Eric Ebron, Theo Riddick, Golden Tate, etc.) that specialize in gaining yardage after the catch.
What’s the 32-year-old’s secret to his immediate success? It goes beyond solely understanding his personnel and putting them in the right positions to produce; JBC is also a master communicator that can clarify his concepts to his players and eliminate any points of confusion.
It’s not a matter of if, but when Cooter gets a head-coaching gig. So why don’t the Packers get their hands on this potential star-in-the-making before someone else does? Probability: 25 percent