Report: Chargers close to hiring Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator

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The Chargers are expected to hire Joe Lombardi as their new offensive coordinator, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Lombardi served as quarterbacks coach for the Saints the past five years.

New Chargers head coach Brandon Staley and Lombardi both have a Dayton connection. Staley played quarterback at Dayton in 2001-04 after Lombardi began his coaching career there as defensive line coach from 1996-98.

After Staley transferred to Mercyhurst for a final season in 2005, Lombardi was Staley’s offensive coordinator and position coach.

Lombardi also has coached for the Falcons and Lions, beginning his NFL coaching career in 2006. He has spent 12 years in New Orleans in two stints.

The Saints already lost tight ends coach Dan Campbell and defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn to the Lions and assistant G.M. Terry Fontenot to the Falcons.

7 responses to “Report: Chargers close to hiring Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator

  1. Hopefully he’s reimagined his offense because it was an absolute disaster here in Detroit. Teams commented routinely that they knew what plays the Lions offense was going to run. Receivers were running one route while the quarterback thought they were running another, the running game was a historical failure, the entire thing was pretty much The Benny Hill show on turf!

  2. What does Eric Bienemy have to do to get a head coaching opportunity? He’s a former Chargers running back and should have been their new coach. He’s done an amazing job in Kansas City. And for those who say he isn’t the REAL offensive coordinator, there are lots of coaches who were hired who were not even coordinators period, including the dudes in Green Bay, Detroit, Philadelphia and Cincinnati. It’s totally disrespectful to him and the many years he has put into coaching–in college and specifically, the pros.

  3. If they start running the Saints concepts Lombardi was working with, the Chargers will be hard to beat!

  4. When he was Lions OC, Lombardi just copypasta-ed Sean Payton plays into the Lions playbook and it was a total disaster. More goes into a successful offensive scheme than just having a good playbook.

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