ALLEN PARK — Matt Patricia said on Monday that he has not made decisions on his staff moving forward. That includes offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.
The Detroit Lions coach, who just completed his first season with a 6-10 record, said he wants to take time to let the emotions die down and then will evaluate which coaches and players will be a part of the equation moving forward.
“In all aspects, it’s not just coaching, it’s support staff, it’s players, it’s scheduling, it’s everything,’’ Patricia said. “We’ll definitely evaluate.’’
He was asked specifically about Cooter, but Patricia responded in generalities.
Cooter, who was originally hired as the offensive coordinator by ex-coach Jim Caldwell, is in the final season of his contract. The Lions offense went from 13th in the NFL in 2017 to 24th in 2018 based on yards per game.
Patricia said he’s not sure when decisions on his staff will be made.
“I don’t think I need to put a hard timeline on it at this current moment. But obviously we do have a time limit we do have to address with it,’’ Patricia said. “Things will come up when they come up. For the minute I’m going to take the rest of the day, enjoy the New Year, see my kids and we’ll go from there.’’
The Lions wrapped up their season with a 31-0 win at Green Bay on Sunday. The players cleaned out their lockers on Monday.