By Ashley Dunkak

CBS DETROIT – The next mentor to 26-year-old Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has apparently been chosen, according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports.

Former Tennessee Volunteers backup quarterback Jim Bob Cooter spent the 2013 season as an offensive assistant for the Denver Broncos, worked as offensive quality control the previous year for the Kansas City Chiefs, and spent the previous three years with the Indianapolis Colts as an offensive assistant.

Cooter’s tenure with the Colts overlapped that of new Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, who was head coach of Indianapolis in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Cooter was arrested in 2006 for DUI, but he was arrested again for a more serious – and bizarre – offense in 2009. According to WVLT in Knoxville, Tenn., Cooter was charged with aggravated burglary after allegedly getting into bed with a woman after climbing into the window of her apartment and stripping down to his underwear. The woman called the police, who arrested Cooter, and he was released on a $10,000 bond the next day.

No criminal offenses have been reported since then.

And he apparently had high praise for Caldwell, according to the Detroit Free Press, which reported that at the Super Bowl, Cooter had this to say about his soon-to-be boss.

“He’s a calm, confident leader,” Cooter said of Caldwell, per the Freep. “He knows what he’s talking about and I think anytime those guys encounter someone that knows what he’s talking about, that earns respect from the players, in my view. And he definitely fits that bill.”


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