Brandon Staley continues to flesh out his inaugural Chargers staff. Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi is in line to become Los Angeles’ offensive coordinator, sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link).
We heard a couple of days ago that Seattle also had interest in Lombardi for their opening. As Schefter points out there’s a connection here, as Staley and Lombardi are both Dayton alums. Lombardi was an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach with the Saints from 2007-13, then was hired to be Detroit’s OC in 2014. The grandson of legendary coach Vince Lombardi was fired after just a season and a half of coordinating for the Lions.
He promptly rejoined Payton’s staff as quarterbacks coach, and has served in that role ever since. Obviously his first stint as an OC didn’t go as planned, but he’ll be walking into a great situation here for any play-caller. Not only will he have Justin Herbert at his disposal, but weapons like Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler, and potentially Hunter Henry if he’s re-signed.
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