Days after moving on from offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have begun their search for a new offensive coordinator. The Buccaneers have requested to interview Jacksonville Jaguars pass-game coordinator Jim Bob Cooter according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Cooter played a key role in Jaguars starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence taking a major step in year two. With him in the room, Lawrence threw for 4,113 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Along with this, the Jaguars offense finished the season ranked 10th in the NFL.
Last season, even with Tom Brady leading the charge, the Buccaneers offense struggled at times. Brady himself finished the season recording 4,694 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
But even with Brady’s success, the Buccaneers offense did not produce as they had in the past. They finished the season averaging just 18 points per game.
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The Jaguars offense last season was efficient through the air and on the ground. This was in large part due to contributions made by Jim Bob Cooter.
At just 38 years old, Cooter has already spent time with several teams around the NFL. Along with being on the Jaguars staff, he has worked with the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, and Philadelphia Eagles.
Cooter has spent time learning alongside some of the brightest minds in the NFL and has often found success. But his recent performance with the Jaguars could be what it takes for him to earn an offensive coordinator job. He could be exactly what the Buccaneers offense needs.