TWENTYMAN: Lions to hire Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Tim Twentyman confirms from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. that the Lions plan to hire Lombardi

The Detroit Lions know that getting quarterback Matthew Stafford to play like he did in 2011 is vital moving forward.

On Tuesday, head coach Jim Caldwell decided one of the men responsible for Drew Brees' success the last four years will do just fine as his new offensive coordinator.

The Lions plan to hire Joe Lombardi.

Lombardi was entering his seventh season with the New Orleans Saints and fifth as quarterbacks coach after serving as an offensive assistant his first two years.

Brees has thrived under Lombardi's guidance the last four seasons, completing 1,701-of-2,499 passes (68.1 percent) for 19,661 yards with 156 touchdowns and a 101.4 passer rating. He's been selected to the Pro Bowl each of those seasons.

In 2011, when Stafford had his 5,038-yard season with 41 touchdowns, Brees completed 468-of-657 passes (71.2 percent) for 5,476 yards with 46 touchdowns with a 110.6 passer rating. He broke the NFL's single-season passing yardage record that stood for 27 years and also set the NFL mark for completions and 300-yard passing games (13).

The Saints won the Super Bowl in Lombardi's first season as quarterbacks coach, defeating Caldwell's Indianapolis Colts.

In his previous position as an offensive assistant, Lombardi was heavily involved in the preparation of the quarterbacks and passing attack, according to his bio with the Saints.

Lombardi was a defensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons in 2006. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2002-05 at Mercyhurst College, while also serving as recruiting coordinator.

It's unclear at this point if Lombardi or Caldwell will call the plays.

Lombardi is the grandson of legendary Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi and is a 1994 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.