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Drew Brees going to miss new Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees knows Joe Lombardi better than anyone and says Detroit is getting a valuable asset

A few of the New Orleans Saints coaches who have worked with new Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi had a lot of good things to say about their former colleague at this week’s Senior Bowl.

Joe LombardiJoe Lombardi (Photo: AP Images)

But no one has worked closer with Lombardi over the last four seasons than Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

With Lombardi as his quarterback coach, Brees has thrived the last four seasons, completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 19,661 yards with 156 touchdown passes and a 101.4 passer rating. He’s been selected to the Pro Bowl each season.

“He is a tremendous football coach,” Brees said while preparing for Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii. “He is a great offensive mind. I am so excited for the opportunity that he has to be a coordinator.

“I knew it was only a matter of time. He is a guy that is extremely intelligent, very innovative. He was a huge part of our game planning throughout the week and on game day.”

Lombardi will be a first-time offensive coordinator in Detroit and the Lions are hopeful he can bring the same kind of success to Matthew Stafford and their already talented offense.

Stafford is only two years removed from a 5,038-yard season with 41 touchdowns that helped lead the Lions to the playoffs, where they lost to Lombardi’s Saints.

“His contributions were immense for our team,” Brees said of Lombardi. “I will definitely miss him. I know that he is going to be a great asset to that team, that offense, and certainly with the personnel that he has a chance to work with there.”