The focus has been on Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions offense in two big Detroit Lions’ hires in the last week.
First Jim Caldwell, who developed Peyton Manning, was hired as head coach.
On Tuesday, Joe Lombardi, who has spent the last five seasons working with Drew Brees as the New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach, was hired as the offensive coordinator.
Lombardi is the grandson of Vince Lombardi who died nine months before he was born.
During Caldwell’s introductory press conference he didn’t have a clear answer on if he or the offensive coordinator would be calling plays.
Under Lombardi’s watch, Brees has thrown for more than 5,000 yards in each of the last three seasons.
Lombardi has made his own way in the coaching ranks after Mike Kelly hired him at the University of Dayton in 1996 after he graduated from the Air Force Academy and served two years.
Lombardi won the Super Bowl in 2010 which gave him the opportunity to hoist the trophy named after his grandfather. That Saints team included Lions running back Reggie Bush who enters his second season with the Lions. In fact, Lombardi briefly served as the Saints running backs coach in 2008.