Lions shake up coaching staff, name former Vol Cooter offensive coordinator

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – The Detroit Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan on Monday, a day after the team dropped another game in a listless performance against the Minnesota Vikings.

The team announced the moves a few hours after coach Jim Caldwell gave no indication that any major changes were imminent in his Monday news conference. Detroit fell to 1-6 with a 28-19 loss to Minnesota on Sunday. Matthew Stafford was sacked seven times.

Blocking problems have plagued the Lions all season, limiting Stafford’s effectiveness and the running game’s productivity.

Quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter is taking over as offensive coordinator.

Detroit plays in London next weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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