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Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin isn't the only Lions assistant trending up.

According to an NFL Network report, the Chicago Bears asked for an interview with Lions quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter for their offensive coordinator opening, but the Lions rejected the request from the division rival.

The Bears hired John Fox as head coach over the weekend, the man fired last week after four years with the Denver Broncos. Cooter was an offensive assistant under Fox in 2013 before the Lions hired him last offseason.

In the report, the NFL Network called the 30-year-old Cooter a "fast-riser." The quarterbacks coach spent 2009-11 as an assistant with the Indianapolis Colts, and those four years with Peyton Manning — including 2013 in Denver — helped him develop as a coach.

Although Matthew Stafford didn't improve much statistically in 2014, Cooter played a key role in him reducing him interceptions from 19 in 2013 to 12 in 2014.

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